• Liverpool defeated Man Utd 2-0 Sunday
  • Mo Salah and Van Dijk netted for The Reds
  • Solskjaer had all good things to say about Klopp ahead of Liverpool and Man Utd's fixture

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on his Liverpool FC counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, ahead of their teams’ clash in the Premier League Sunday.

Solskjaer termed Klopp not only a great manager but also a nice man.

“He’s a great manager and he’s done a great job. He did a rebuilding job and he started almost from scratch. We’ve started something and we want to get back to challenging for the league. They are now challenging for the league, so well done. He’s a very nice man, as well. He’s a good manager and, of course, we do respect them. They have proven with their results and performances that they do deserve that respect,” the Norwegian manager said in an interview on Man Utd’s official website.

Co-incidentally, Solskjaer’s comments came just before Klopp registered his maiden win in a Premier League match against the Old Trafford side.

Mohamed Salah scored just before the final whistle to hand Liverpool a deserving 2-0 win over arch-rivals Man Utd on Sunday and with the win, the Reds have gone 16 points clear on the top with a game in hand. While Liverpool are chasing for their first Premier League title in almost 30 years, Solskjaer’s Man Utd, who are 20-time champions, are fighting for a top-four finish.

Head and shoulders above the rest: Virgil van Dijk has led Liverpool to a 16-point Premier League lead
Head and shoulders above the rest: Virgil van Dijk has led Liverpool to a 16-point Premier League lead AFP / Paul ELLIS

Klopp joined Liverpool in 2015 and took four years to win his first trophy with the club that came as a Champions League win in the 2018-19 season. He then escalated his dominance and in a span of few months, Klopp and Liverpool lifted two more trophies – UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Liverpool, who have established as firm favorites to win the league this season, have now scored in each of their 22 Premier League games this season - Klopp’ team is the first side to do so in the Premier League from the beginning of a season since Arsenal in 2001-02, who scored in all 38 matches of a title-winning campaign.

The Premier League action next returns to Theatre of Dreams where the hosts will clash against Burnley, while leaders Liverpool are set to travel next to Wolverhampton to take on Wolves.