Klopp warns of Ralf Rangnick to Manchester United
Rangnick, who is the current sporting director of Lokomotiv Moscow, He is He is set to join Manchester United as manager on a temporary basis before moving to an advisory role with the club next season, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Klopp is a huge fan of Rangnick, who has been dubbed the ‘Godfather of Stress Management’ and the Liverpool boss has built much of his coaching philosophy on German colleagues’ ideas.
“It’s a bit tricky, we usually don’t talk until it’s confirmed,” Klopp told a news conference on Friday. “He’s obviously a really experienced coach, and he’s built two famous clubs [RB Leipzig and 1899 Hoffenheim] From nowhere to proper forces in Germany. The first concern is always the coach and that is what it is. United will be organized.
“Unfortunately, another good coach will come to England and to Man United. United will be organized on the pitch. Obviously, this is not good news for the other teams.”
The 63-year-old Rangnick started training in his 20s and his long career has led him through Stuttgart, Hannover 96 and Schalke 04, as well as Hoffenheim and Leipzig. Klopp faced him on several occasions in the Bundesliga while coaching Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp added: “He is highly regarded among coaches. He has done incredible jobs. He started as a young man in Stuttgart and then worked his way up. I encountered him when I was a young coach. He may have forgotten it, but he called me a lot in Mainz.”
With United potentially improving under a new stewardship, Klopp believes the Premier League is now stronger than ever. “The Premier League is making strides every year. It’s not about the top teams, the league’s improvement can be seen in the positions below. Brighton, Villa, Arsenal, Wolverhampton… The league is just so strong, tough and exciting. It’s definitely the best league I’ve had here so far” .
Klopp was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s game with Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, and the Reds are currently third in the standings and looking to close the gap against leaders Chelsea. He praised Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl, saying his Liverpool side had to be “creative” to make the breakthrough.
“Obviously Ralph puts together a proper team there. They probably expect not to have the majority of possession, a lot of times they start 4-4-2 and can turn five at the back in a match. They are a well-trained team. We have to be creative to break it.”