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Liverpool fans should thank Rangnick as Man Utd boss reveals advice he gave Klopp as he began his managerial journey

RALF RANGNICK to Manchester is hailed as the Messiah who can knock Liverpool and Co out of their clutches – but it is The Kop fans who must thank.

Two decades ago, Rangnickwords of wisdom helped establish Jurgen Klopp on his way to becoming a manager, eventually leading him all the way to Anfield.

Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his first Man Utd game on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace

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Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his first Man Utd game on Sunday when they host Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty
Jurgen Klopp has developed some of his styles based on Rangnick's inspiration

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Jurgen Klopp has developed some of his styles based on Rangnick’s inspirationCredit: Reuters

Year 2001, Old Trafford Gaffer was widely praised as one of Germany’s brightest young bosses, when his great friend Klopp took his first job at Mainz.

Klopp called for advice, as he had no agent and little idea of ​​what he should ask for.

Rangnick was happy to steer him in the right direction, he eventually got the job – on the terms he wanted – and so started a career that took him to Merseyside.

Hours before his first training session with United, he chuckled as he recalled that phone call and what it had led to.

Rangnick, 63, said: “We’ve known each other since 1997. I’m not his mentor – that’s coach Wolfgang Frank – but we’ve always been in touch and have a good relationship.

“I remember before Jurgen became head coach at Mainz and he called me, to see what kind of money he should ask for.

“He has no agent, so I told him. In a way, I am his representative and advise him on what to do.

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“Jurgen said, ‘Do you think that’s too much to ask?’ I told him it was the right thing to do – and I’m sure he got it! ”

Needless to say, Klopp did not receive the same appeal for his thoughts when Rangnick was given the chance to head to England on his own.

But Klopp has made it clear that he hopes his mate will be successful, admitting that the United boss has spread bad news to the rest of Prem.

And Rangnick was under no illusions about the size of his mission.

He added: “I am more optimistic but also realistic.

“Five weeks ago, our team lost 5-0 first Liverpool And honestly there could be more to it than that.

“Against Man City, it was 2-0 – but it could be more than that.

“The important thing is to get a point at Chelsea, what about the performance? I do not know.

“They had 24 shots on target and we had three.

“So right now, to say I will challenge the top Premier League managers in the next few weeks or months, is not realistic.

Rangnick and Klopp have known each other for many years

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Rangnick and Klopp have known each other for many yearsCredit: Getty

“At the moment my focus is on Crystal Palace, then Young Boys, Norwich, Brighton and Brentford.

“The matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City will be in March and April – and that’s when I’ll answer the question about challenging them.”

Klopp is not the only one who has a relationship with Rangnick. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel played under him at Ulm, before a knee injury ended his playing days.

Two years later, after moving to Stuttgart, he gave Tuchel a break as his big-time coach in charge of the Under-15 team – and put the wheel of another career on.

Whether he will follow in Tuchel’s lead and lead Manchester United to European champions after half a season in charge is, of course, highly doubtful.

But this isn’t the first time Rangnick has worked miracles – in fact, he has become a habit.

‘The BIGGEST CLUB IN THE WORLD’

Rangnick said: “When I started at Ulm they were a third tier club and in two years we won two promotions and multiplied attendance.

“And the same thing happened in Hannover for more than three years.

“Then there was the first spell at Schalke, also one of the biggest clubs in Germany.

“And in six years in Hoffenheim, a small village of 3,000 people, we were at the top of the Bundesliga after two consecutive promotions.

“It is a fairy tale. When I got there, they had 1,000 fans – and two years later we sold out every home game.

“In nine years at RB Leipzig we went from fourth to the Champions League.

“United is completely different. This is the biggest club I’ve worked for, the biggest club in the world.

“Playing in front of 75,000 fans is challenging, encouraging and motivating. You have to cherish that and enjoy it – otherwise you are playing the wrong ball.”

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