McAllister makes huge claim about Liverpool boss Klopp
By Matt Farr
Liverpool icon Gary McAllister believes Jurgen Klopp can follow in the footsteps of Premier League managerial legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
The ex-Manchester United chief is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all-time, leading United to 13 Premier League titles during his 26 year stewardship at Old Trafford.
But McAllister, who was on Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff and is fondly remembered for his stint as a midfielder at Anfield, insists that Klopp is in a similar mould to Ferguson, and is on course to deliver something big at Liverpool in the coming years.
He told the Express: “Now, you get the sense that something big is going to happen since Jurgen arrived. There is a momentum gathering and you know what this club is like when that happens.
“I played under Jock Wallace, seeing that emotion on the side. There’s Sir Alex Ferguson, too. Jurgen has definitely got part of that. He’s very modern in his thinking but there are elements of those old school managers, too.
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“It never seems to waver here and that’s what keeps the players on their toes – you have got to win. And getting Champions League football back to Anfield will be great.”
Klopp took charge at Anfield in October 2015, but has yet to win any major honours with Liverpool.
His side wasted a prime opportunity to reach the Final of the EFL Cup in January, only to lose to Southampton over two-legs in the semi final.
But the German manager is on course to bring European football back to the club for next season, with the club currently set to qualify for the Champions League.
They are fourth in the Premier League with a healthy four point advantage over Manchester United, but they are to face tough competition for a place in the top four over the final few weeks.
But McAllister, who was sacked as first team coach when Klopp first arrived at the club, believes that the return of European football to Anfield could be the start of something massive at the club.
In other Liverpool news, John Arne Riise has sent a heartfelt message to fans following his Anfield return.