Ralf Rangnick: Jurgen Klopp says Manchester United interest ‘not good news for other teams’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that “unfortunately a good coach is coming to England” if Manchester United agree a deal with Ralf Rangnick.

Liverpool’s arch-rivals are set to appoint the German, 63, as interim manager on a six-month contract.

Klopp is one of the younger German coaches who looked up to Rangnick and they faced each other as rival bosses.

“United will be organised on the pitch,” said Klopp, 54. “That’s not good news for other teams.”

Rangnick set Ulm on course to promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time before spells in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig.

He has also served as director of football of the Red Bull group of clubs and is currently manager of sports and development for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

United are sorting out the final details of Rangnick’s move, which will see him switch to a two-year consultancy at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

“He’s a really good man and an outstanding coach,” added Klopp. “He’s a really experienced manager and famously built two clubs from nowhere to proper forces in Germany – Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

“He’s done a lot of different jobs in football, but his first concern was always being a coach, being a manager, and that’s what his best skill is.”

Michael Carrick will remain in charge of United for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea, and although Rangnick will not be at Stamford Bridge, it is thought he will be in the dugout for Thursday’s Premier League game at home to Arsenal.

Klopp, the ex-Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss, said: “Between the coaches and in the football world in Germany, he is very highly regarded and rightly so. Wherever he was, he did an incredible job.

“He started as a young man at Stuttgart, coaching the reserve team, and kept going from there. Ulm getting to the Bundesliga was insane at the time, and he made his way up.

“We faced each other for the first time when I was a young coach and he was at Hannover. He might have forgotten, but they always played our opponent a week later so he called me, the young manager of Mainz and asked plenty of questions.

“I was happy big Ralf Rangnick was calling me, but he got all the information he needed. Then they got promoted (in 2002) and we didn’t, so he still owes me!”

Chelsea’s German boss Thomas Tuchel, 48, played under Rangnick at Ulm and managed both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund after Klopp.

“He helped me a lot,” Tuchel said of Rangnick. “He was my coach and one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at that time. He showed us it’s not important to follow people to the toilet in football games because that was the belief.”

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