Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken time to praise Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp, the manager who helped him become an elite European footballer.
Brendan Rodgers famously beelined for the Armenian when the playmaker was at Shakhtar, but Klopp persuaded Mkhitaryan to join Borussia Dortmund in 2013 instead – much to the pain of us Reds…
We got Luis Alberto in the end, also missing out on Willian to Chelsea when we tried for the Brazilian as an alternative…
Mkhitaryan is a superb footballer, in short, and the fact Jose Mourinho didn’t use him early on this campaign baffles us.
But now, the 28-year-old is an automatic starter and has taken time to thank his former coach for the role Klopp played in his career.
“I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part,” he told BBC Sport. “At Dortmund, I was very stressed after a few games when we were playing really bad.
“Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a player.”
Mkhitaryan’s comments prove what we already know: Klopp’s a brilliant man-manager.
If the German rates a player, he maximises their potential and Liverpool fans can only hope he’ll continue to do so with our current batch.
We’ve a number of promising youngsters who could become exceptional players. Klopp’s the right man to blood them.