Jurgen Klopp has praised Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s board for sticking with the Norwegian following united’s poor start to the season.
Solskjaer came under scrutiny following United’s slow start to the season but the board have been rewarded for keeping faith in him.
United enter Sunday’s clash against Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, three points ahead of the champions – the first time in over three years they have topped the division, and the first time since 2013 they have been top this far into a campaign.
Klopp is one of the longest serving managers in the Premier League having been given the time to mould Liverpool into a title-winning team.
The German believes Solskjaer has repaid the board’s faith and claims he has not been surprised by United’s rapid progress this season.
“Clearly, given the passionate rivalry between our two great clubs it would be pushing to say I’m delighted to see Man United doing so well this campaign,” he wrote in the official Liverpool programme.
“But I can say I am pleased for Ole specifically.
“Such a good guy and a very good coach and leader. It is not difficult to see how much the club means to him when he speaks about it. In Ole, United have a person who has the best interests of the organisation running through him, from head to toes.
“As I say, as Liverpool manager I can’t be jumping with joy to see them strong, but I can say I am not surprised. It was entirely expected from my perspective.
“They have given Ole superb backing on and off the pitch and are now reaping the benefits. Big investment into the team and the squad while allowing a manager and his staff time to develop their methods.
“I know from my experiences here that things do not happen quickly simply because expectations demand that they do.”
Klopp also waxed lyrical over United forward Marcus Rashford for his work away from the pitch in challenging the government on a number of key issues.
Rashford’s work has directly helped vulnerable children on Merseyside, showing hunger has no colours.
Klopp said, “In the opposition dressing room today is a player who deservedly became a symbol for the positive impact football can have on society.
“Marcus Rashford stands as a giant in this nation for his courageous and relentless work on child food-poverty. Football gave him his platform and he has used it to fight an injustice that was being too easily ignored.
“He and hundreds of other young men and women who play our game professionally should feel pride for how they’ve used their profile and status during this awful period in our history.”
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