Jurgen Klopp pays respect to Ralf Rangnick ahead of Liverpool-United meeting

It’s a rare match between Liverpool and Manchester United when the atmosphere is more friendly than lively.

However, that appears to be the case on Tuesday evening. Following the tragic death of Cristiano Ronaldo’s daughter, Both groups of fans were set to unite in a minute of applause Before the match, in support of Ronaldo and his family.

Additionally, the Liverpool boss took the time to pay tribute to his opposite number, Ralph Rangnick in his program notes. Manchester Evening News quotes his words.

“Ralph Rangnick does not need to read these pages to know how much I admire and respect him, but I must say so anyway for the benefit of others.”

“First, because it is true but also because it is important that we can all demonstrate that with competition, passion and desire to win, it is always possible to have a healthy respect for our opponents.”

“Ralph took over as manager when United were in a difficult moment but I know from my experience with him that his work will be beneficial in the long run.”

Prior to taking a managerial position at Manchester United on a temporary basis, Rangnick had been involved in the Red Bull Project, and oversaw football operations in both Salzburg in Austria and Leipzig in Germany. He also left his development position at Lokomotiv Moscow to take over for United. Klopp believes his experience with long-term projects will ultimately benefit United.

“Ralph has never worked for the day or for short-term results, he has always looked to lay solid foundations so that the club he works for has a positive future.

“That, I say, is very clever as well as being good news for Manchester United. So I welcome Ralph to Anfield as a friend and rival. I look forward to being in his company and I know he would want to be on the winning side just as I do. None of us will ever get that in any way. An other way “.

In Germany, Rangnick is widely credited as a key part of the back-pressing style with which Klopp made his name in Mainz and later Borussia Dortmund, which may partly explain his sympathetic attitude towards his compatriot.