By Harvey Byrne

Midfield legend Michael Ballack has hailed his German compatriot Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s “outstanding” start to the new Premier League campaign.

The retired midfielder spent four years in England’s top flight with Chelsea between 2006 and 2010 and the now 40-year-old believes the Reds are the perfect club for Klopp given his qualities.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss took over from Brendan Rodgers last October, leading his side to two cup finals in his first few months in charge and his side now sit two points behind league leaders Manchester City after seven fixtures.

Ballack hailed the charismatic manager and was full of praise for the Reds start to new season.

“He’s someone who knows how to talk to players,” said Ballack to TalkSport during Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast show. “He knows how to talk to the media, which is a big part in these times as well and brings people behind him. They follow him and you see the performances of Liverpool so far is outstanding and he delivered some spectacular games.

“He’s a nice guy, but also he’s a great worker. There’s a lot of work behind with the assistant coach and I think Liverpool suits him really well also. He had a great time in Borussia Dortmund and I think there couldn’t be a better choice than Liverpool for him with his background and the fans, so I wish him all the best.”

The Reds have won their last five matches in all competitions, scoring an impressive 16 goals from their last set of fixtures.

They will face a tough clash at Anfield against fierce rivals Manchester United after the international break, who sit in sixth place.

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