The former Manchester United boss and Liverpool manager have a good relationship which dates back to their meeting during the German’s formative years in management.
Sir Alex Ferguson praised the Liverpool boss after he was named the LMA Manager of the year award.
The former Red devil boss revealed that the German tactician woke him up at a strange time, while his team was celebrating their league title.
Jurgen Klopp won the LMA award ahead of last year’s winner Sheffield United and Wycombe boss Chris Wilder and Gareth Ainsworth who placed second and third respectively. While newly crowned Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa placed fourth after he helped the club gain promotion to the English elite division.
The former Dortmund boss took the award after he led his team to its first Premier league title in three decades with 99 points, while his team also set new records as they won the title.
Ferguson Eulogizes Klopp while speaking to Skysport News
“The winner, Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen’s fantastic. I speak about Leeds United and 16 years in the Championship, Liverpool 30 years since winning that league is incredible,”
“You really, thoroughly deserved it. The performance level of your team was fantastic. Your personality runs right through the whole club. I think it was a marvelous performance.
“I will forgive you for waking me up in the morning at half-past three to tell me you won the league! Thank you. You thoroughly deserved it, well done,” he added.
Respectfully, Klopp also spoke of his fond admiration for the former Manchester United boss after receiving the award that has now been named “Sir Alex Ferguson Award” for his achievement in the English Premier League.
“I know it’s not 100 per cent appropriate as a Liverpool manager but I admire him,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I remember he was the first British manager I met. We had breakfast.”
“I’m not sure how much he remembers but I remember because for me this moment was like meeting the pope. It was absolutely great and from that first season we clicked,” he added.