Klopp and Ferguson both "under-rated" in key element of management, says Fowler

Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler has claimed that Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson are both under-rated in a key element of management.

Fowler spent nine years in the Reds' first-team across two spells and has admitted that he regrets not having played for one of the all-time greatest managers himself.

Klopp has transformed Liverpool’s fortunes since replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, leading them to the Champions League and Premier League titles in successive seasons.

And club legend Fowler believes that the German is similar in many respects to Ferguson, who won the league title 13 times with Manchester United.

“It’s [management] also about motivation and ­inspiration, the man-management side of it is still so important,” Fowler wrote in a column for the Mirror.

“Both have it but Klopp is a master just as Ferguson was in my day. He really knew how to get the best out of his players, and I must admit I was always a bit envious of that.

“You kind of wish you played for one of the great managers…even if he was at a club you hated!

“And I can guarantee there will be so many top-class players now, who would love to play for Klopp. I’m thinking Kylian Mbappe, for a start.”

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Fowler was writing ahead of Sunday’s mouth-watering clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

And he believes that both Klopp and Ferguson have seen their tactical nous overlooked due to their big personalities.

“He [Klopp] gets the best out of players, he knows what works with them,” Fowler added.

“He knows how to improve them, and he knows how to use their talents to the full. That’s what you want as a player. Guardiola is slightly more Wenger.

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“Don’t get me wrong, Klopp and Ferguson are and were great tacticians, there’s no way you could win what they have without having that technical side.

“I think both are under-rated in that respect, despite their huge reputations generally.”

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