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Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick explains how close he is with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp


Ralf Rangnick and Jurgen Klopp have had a ‘good relationship’ for a lone time (Picture: Getty Images)

The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is not going anywhere, but there will be great respect and admiration between the managers of the two teams now Ralf Rangick is in charge at Old Trafford.

Rangnick has taken over as interim boss of the Red Devils and joins his compatriot Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League.

The Liverpool boss is seen as something of a disciple of Rangnick’s style of football, with the new United boss credited with the gegenpressing philosophy that Klopp has so successfully used with the Reds.

Rangnick has downplayed how much he actually mentored Klopp in his early days in management, but says their relationship does go back a long way and he helped him with other areas of his career, offering advise as a volunteer agent at one stage.

‘Jurgen [Klopp] and myself have known each other since 1997,’ Rangnick explained. ‘I was not his mentor – that was a coach called Wolfgang Frank – but we have always been in contact and had a good relationship with each other. We respect each other and that will continue.

Klopp and Rangnick as Dortmund and Hoffenheim managers in 2010 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I remember before Jurgen became head coach at Mainz and he called me. I was at Ulm at the time and Jurgen asked me what kind of money he should be asking for from Mainz. He didn’t have an agent, so I told him.

‘In a way, I was his agent and I advised him what he should ask for. Jürgen said “ah, do you not think that is too much to ask?” I told him it was the right thing to do – and I am pretty sure he got what he wanted.’

Rangnick’s first game in charge of the team comes against Crystal Palace on Sunday at Old Trafford and he will not take on Klopp’s Liverpool side until 19 March at Anfield.

The new manager will hope things have turned around significantly by then, having watched United take a 5-0 battering from Liverpool at Old Trafford in October, a result that he thought could have been even more one-sided.

‘I am more than optimistic, but I also have to be realistic,’ he said ahead of his first game in charge. ‘Five weeks ago, our team lost 5-0 against Liverpool and it could have been a lot more if we are honest.’


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