Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praised on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after a stunning start to the season.
The Reds currently sit in third spot on the table behind Manchester City and Arsenal, with only goal difference separating the three clubs.
And Ferguson believes Klopp’s strong personality has been a factor behind Liverpool’s form early in the season.
“He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm,” he told German magazine Kicker.
“It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.
Ferguson suggested that Liverpool are well equipped to challenge for top domestic honours.
“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year.
“You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline — I’m convinced his work in training is similar.
“He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club.”
Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park this weekend, a stadium which has not held the happiest of memories prior to the arrival of former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp.