Jurgen Klopp has warned that Ralf Rangnick’s expected arrival at Manchester United is ‘not good news’ for other teams in the Premier League.
Rangnick has reached an agreement with the Red Devils over taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season, before taking up a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.
The 63-year-old was previously described as ‘one of the best, if not the best German coach,’ by Klopp, who along with Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann have all named Rangnick as a vital influence.
The Liverpool manager spoke about his mentor during his pre-match conference on Friday.
He said: ‘Yeah, unfortunately a good coach is coming to England so that’s how it is, to Manchester United.
‘Ralf is obviously a very experienced manager, built famously two clubs from nowhere to proper threats and proper forces in Germany with Hoffenheim and (RB) Leipzig.
‘Been to lot of different jobs in football but always his first concern actually was being a coach, being a manager and that’s what his best skill is.
‘United will be organised on the pitch I think we should realise that and that’s obviously not good news for other teams.
‘But all the coaches in the world we need time to train with our teams and Ralf will quickly realise he has no time to train as they play all the time so that makes it a bit trickier for him.
‘But apart from that, a really good man and outstanding coach if it happens will come to England.”
Klopp then went on to speak about how highly regarded Rangnick is in Germany, as well as his early memories of the 63-year-old when the Liverpool boss was then at Mainz.
He said: ‘Very highly regarded obviously but where he was he did incredible jobs. He started early, as a very, very young man at Stuttgart coaching the second team going from there.
‘Don’t know all the early clubs but he was at Ulm and brought them to the Bundesliga which was absolutely insane at that time.
‘We faced each other first time when I was a young coach he was at Hannover so he might have forgotten that.
‘They always played our opponent a week later so he called me, the young manager of minds and asked plenty of questions. I was happy that big Ralf Rangnick was calling me and he got all the information he needed.