Jamie Carragher: What Sir Alex Ferguson told me about Liverpool FC boss
Jamie Carragher lifts the lid on a conversation he had with Sir Alex Ferguson about Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp in 2017
Jamie Carragher has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson confided in the Liverpool FC legend that he was worried about Jurgen Klopp bringing success back to Anfield after his appointment.
The German head coach finally won his first major trophy as Liverpool FC manager on Saturday night after the Reds were 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
Klopp had to be patient in pursuit of his first trophy after Liverpool FC lost to Manchester City and Sevilla in the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2016.
The Merseyside outfit suffered a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League last term, although Loris Karius’ mistakes played a big part in that defeat.
However, Carragher lifted the lid on a conversation that he had with former Manchester United manager Ferguson in 2017 about Liverpool FC boss Klopp.
“I can recall the moment when I became genuinely excited about what Jurgen Klopp would bring to Liverpool,” Carragher told the Sunday Telegraph, as quoted by Metro.
“The true endorsement came on a visit to Old Trafford a couple of years ago. I was invited to play in Michael Carrick’s testimonial [in June 2017] and had the chance to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I had read Fergie’s complimentary remarks about the Liverpool manager so wanted to hear more.
“‘He’s got something about him. He is very confident,’ Sir Alex told me. There was look of genuine admiration for Klopp, accompanied by that added hint of concern telling me all I needed.
“‘If Fergie is worried, this guy must be the real deal,’ I thought.”
Klopp had lost two Champions League finals before he got his hands on the European trophy for the first time in his managerial career on Saturday night.
Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013 before Liverpool FC’s 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in 2018.
Klopp’s next task will be guiding Liverpool FC to Premier League title glory after the Reds finished as runners up in the 2018-19 season.