Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title this season, reports the Daily Star.
Klopp watched his Bundesliga runners up get hammered 4-0 by the Reds at Anfield on Sunday, and admitted his players were not fit enough in comparison with Rodgers side.
But Klopp has still backed Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title this season, having been impressed with what he witnessed at Anfield.
“Liverpool is a great club and they did well last year. I saw it,” Klopp said.
“If you make the right decisions after you miss out (on the title) you can be stronger.
“Maybe Liverpool this year is the big team in the Premier League. We will see.”
The Reds head into the new season having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, a feeling Klopp can identify with having seen several of his big name stars leave the club in recent years.
However, Dortmund continue to over-achieve and challenge the likes of Bayern Munich despite the difference in transfer budgets, and Klopp believes Brendan Rodgers has instilled a similar idea at Anfield.
“We didn’t think about what happened in the past, just how we can develop the team. That’s what we do at the time.
“I don’t know Brendan Rodgers well enough to know if he is similar to me but with the way he has developed the team? Yes, maybe a little bit.
“He’s a good manager but I don’t think about things like this. He does his job and I do mine.”