Jurgen Klopp says Alex Ferguson is the "John Lennon of football"

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield this weekend

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Liverpool manager has risked the ire of local fans by comparing Alex Ferguson to one of the cities most famous sons.

The Beatles legend John Lennon was compared to the former Manchester United manager earlier today by Klopp as he spoke to the press ahead of Liverpool's league clash with Manchester United.

The German manager was quick to praise Ferguson and their discussions on management, although they never met each other on the sidelines throughout their careers. “Maybe he is the greatest ever – the John Lennon of football. It was really impressive to talk to him.”

Klopp also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge is no nearer to a return to the team. He has yet to rejoin the first team training sessions.

Off the Ball will have live commentary of Manchester United's trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday. Nathan Murphy will be joined by former Irish international Kevin Kilbane in the box. The game kicks-off at 2.05pm.