Jurgen Klopp has praised Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl ahead of tomorrow night’s match at St Mary’s.
The Saints are still in deep relegation trouble but Hasenhüttl has got them playing attractive and effective football since arriving at the club in December.
And Klopp is no stranger to the Austrian coach, having completed his coaching badges alongside him in Germany.
“In the time Ralph is in at Southampton I think they are eighth in the form table – that gives you good information about the intensity of the game probably,” Klopp said.
“They play a clear style of football. I have to say the job he is doing there is incredible. He brought young players in, academy players, a pretty brave decision.
“It’s a really good side, and the analysis was really interesting because it doesn’t look like a team that fights to stay in the league. They do what they do and they stick to it.”
He added: “We have a few things in common. Ralph worked a long time in Germany.
“There are a few things you can see, we love good organisation, pressing, counter-press, quick transition.
“Years and years ago we did our badges together, but I was already in charge of a club so I was only there two days. It took [him] longer.
“Ralph did it the hard way. He started in the third division and was successful, then he went to the Championship in Germany, was successful, went on to Leipzig and was really successful, he built something then went to England.
“It’s a proper career, and shows as a manager that your first job doesn’t have to be AC Milan or something. It’s possible that you start deeper and if you are busy and ambitious, things can happen for you.
“I’m pleased for him, he’s a really good guy, funny as well. I’m looking forward to seeing him but it’s not between him and me. The two teams are out there!”