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Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute across the big divide to Jurgen Klopp… as the legendary Man United manager takes departing Liverpool boss out for dinner to personally bid him goodbyeJurgen Klopp will take charge of his final game as Liverpool manager on SundayThis week he was invited to dinner by former Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson Marcus Rashford has to leave Man United… and a Premier League club could offer him a fresh start – Listen to the It’s All Kicking Off! podcast By Joe Bernstein Published: 23:23 BST, 18 May 2024 | Updated: 23:35 BST, 18 May 2024 Dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson and a moving tribute from his players have already been parts of Jurgen Klopp’s farewell week.Now the ‘emotional’ Liverpool boss needs to keep his composure as he plans to address a packed house at Anfield on Sunday after his last game in charge against Wolves.Klopp had no hesitation in dining with Fergie after the legendary Manchester United manager requested a chance to personally bid him goodbye. ‘Outstanding,’ is how the German described the evening. He was uncharacteristically quiet when Virgil van Dijk led the speeches for him on Thursday but Klopp knows he has to deliver the message of his life when he takes the microphone at full-time on the pitch on Sunday afternoon.‘I was super-emotional in moments this week,’ he admitted. Sir Alex Ferguson personally invited Jurgen Klopp (pictured) for dinner in his final week as Liverpool boss The German described sitting down for dinner with Ferguson (pictured) as ‘outstanding’  Sunday will be the final time Klopp takes charge of Liverpool after nearly nine years in charge ‘The players said incredibly nice things about me and other staff who are leaving. I only made a joke here and there because if I’d started really to say what I thought, I would have gone emotionally. So I protected myself from that.‘On Sunday, I have to find the right words. I speak to 60,000 and . . . worldwide. The last time it will be super-difficult.’In nine memorable years at Anfield, Klopp became the first manager in the club’s history to hoover up the Premier League, European Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. He also won the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.His trophy haul would have been greater than seven without having Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as formidable rivals.Klopp hailed Guardiola as the ‘best manager in the world,’ but is still keen to learn the outcome of the 115 charges facing City over alleged breach of Premier League financial rules.‘Everybody would like to know. I would like to know but I will be somewhere else,’ he said.‘Whatever has happened at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is the best manager in the world — and that is really important. Ferguson, meanwhile, was pictured on Saturday watching Chelsea women be crowned WSL champions for the fifth time at Old Trafford  Virgil van Dijk (pictured front) led the speeches for the departing manager on Thursday Klopp admitted that his departure from Liverpool will be a ‘long break’ away from football‘If you put any other manager in that club, they don’t get to win the league four times in a row. That’s down to him and his boys.‘Does that mean they can do what they want? No. But I don’t know what they did — if they did anything — and I’m not here to say they have. We will see.’Klopp’s last sabbatical after leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2015 lasted only five months before he arrived on Merseyside to take the Liverpool job. But he says this time will be different. ‘This will be a long break, 100 per cent,’ he confirmed.‘It might be it. Definitely my time in England is over because I will not coach another team here. It means a big part of my life is now over.’

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