Claudio Ranieri has claimed that Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is a ‘very good manager’ and shared that he previously watched one of his training sessions for a week, as he told his pre-match press conference.
As seems the norm at Watford, they sacked Xisco Munoz during the international break and brought in the vastly experienced Italian ahead of their showdown with Liverpool.
Ranieri wowed and shocked the footballing when he won the Premier League title with Leicester City, in what was one of the most remarkable seasons in Premier League history.
There were spells in Italy and at Fulham in between, but now he is back in the big time.
It’s just a small matter of having to deal with the visit of unbeaten and free-scoring Liverpool at Saturday lunchtime.
And ahead of that showdown, Ranieri spoke in awe of Klopp and how he has ‘won everything’.
“I watch his training session long time ago when he was in Dortmund in La Manga in Spain,” said Ranieri. “And I watch one week of training session.
“He’s a very good manager. He has won everything. I am happy to meet him on Saturday.
On whether it will be an advantage because he has watched him work before: “No, very little advantage,” chuckled the Italian. “I watch how they play now.”
The last time the Hornets faced Liverpool, they ended their unbeaten record during their title-winning season.
It seems a long time ago now because it was just before the pandemic hit, but the Watford fans will be feeling those vibes once again.
With a new manager comes a lift and a more positive nature around camp, so from that perspective, it helps Watford.
But they are coming up against someone like Mo Salah, who has only failed to score in one game this season and recently danced his way past Man City’s defence.