By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has turned Liverpool around so quickly that he has got Sir Alex Ferguson worried.
The former Manchester United manager has admitted that he is concerned by the impact the German has made during his short spell in charge at Anfield.
Despite the Merseysiders’ shock 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, Ferguson has seen enough of Klopp to believe he has what it takes to rejuvenate his old team’s great rivals.
“He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing. Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Dortmund.
“I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there.”
Ferguson’s words will be of comfort to Liverpool supporters after the team wasted an opportunity to extend the team’s impressive run of away results at St James’ Park.
The Merseysiders have claimed some major scalps on the road, including Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton, but lost for the second time in three Premier League matches on Sunday.
Klopp has been an instant hit with the British media, as well as neutral observers, since his arrival and Ferguson is convinced that the 47-year-old has the personality and skill to win the public battle.
“You have to win twice on a Saturday,” said Ferguson. “You have to win the game and you have to win the press conference. Some managers fail, simply because they lack experience or they’re emotional.
“You have to gather yourself. I used to wash my face before a press conference. Sometimes you’re forced to go to the press conference immediately and you have to be thinking quickly about how you deal with it. It’s an important part.
“You have to give a message to your fans because they’re watching. They want to see their manager come out with a positive attitude and not a beaten man.
“Time and again you see coaches come out a beaten man after a few difficult questions about how the team played and why they lost.
“I tended to waffle a bit when there was a difficult question to make sure my thinking was right. You’ve got to handle the press. It’s a very difficult part of it.”