Jurgen Klopp has shed some light on what he spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about when he called him up at 3.30am after Liverpool’s title win.
The Reds manager is a big fan of the legendary Manchester United boss, despite the strong rivalry between the two Premier League clubs.
Ferguson was the first British manager Klopp met for breakfast when he arrived in the UK – an experience the German compares to being like “meeting the pope”.
And it seems Liverpool manager Klopp’s spontaneous phone call to the Scot was simply to thank him for inspiring him to glory.
Klopp said: “I am absolutely delighted to get this title.
“There are a lot of Liverpool names on this trophy – Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny looks like he is all over the trophy. Brendan Rodgers, too.
“But the main name is Sir Alex Ferguson. I know it is not 100 per cent appropriate as Liverpool manager, but I admire him.
“He was the first British manager I met and we had breakfast together – I am not sure if he remembers but for me it was like meeting the Pope.
“I never thought then I would be holding the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy in my hands.”
It was Ferguson that revealed Klopp picked the phone up to him in the early hours of the morning for a quick chat, after the title win was mathematically in the bag.
But despite being woken up to learn United’s rivals had finally won a first Premier League title, Ferguson didn’t mind speaking to the delighted German.
He said: “Jurgen, fantastic. I have spoken about Leeds United, 16 years in the Championship, Liverpool, 30 years since winning that league: incredible.
“Really thoroughly deserved. The performance level of the team, really outstanding.
“Your personality ran right through the whole club. I think it was a marvellous, marvellous performance.
“I’ll forgive you for waking me up at half past three in the morning to tell me you’d won the league. Thank you. But anyway, you’ve thoroughly deserved it, well done.”
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