The former Liverpool man has heaped praise on the German.
The famous side reached the FA Cup final that year and turned up to the occasion wearing unforgettable cream-coloured suits.
And the former Liverpool winger thinks Klopp would have coped well with a team like that - and that he is the entertaining superstar in the current side.
McManaman is quoted as saying by the People: "I think Klopp would have enjoyed the entertainment value of our Liverpool team.
"We’re in the entertainment business. You need the superstars. In this Liverpool team no one really jumps out.
"He’s the superstar. He’s not kicking the ball on the field but he’s the one. When you see his reaction, running down the field, jumping in the air, reacting like a fan, it’s great that he’s passionate and animated."
It all comes down to Sunday now and how Liverpool handle the nerves of the big occasion.
After the Europa League draw for the last 16, the European competition now takes on a greater significance for the Reds. Beating Manchester United would be sweet - and winning the trophy outright even sweeter.
But that's ifs and maybes for now. The Capital One Cup final against Manchester City is a reality - and Liverpool's first chance to win a trophy since 2012. Hopefully Klopp's passion and 'superstar' quality can see the Reds through.