Liverpool might be in with their best ever shout of a Premier League title this season, but that doesn’t stop manager Jurgen Klopp keeping an eye on old friends in the Championship.
The former Dortmund manager has revealed that as well as Huddersfield Town, he also keeps an eye out for the results of Norwich City, with their manager Daniel Farke being a fellow German.
Furthermore, several of the Norwich players have featured for Klopp, with one drawing particularly high praise.
26-year old Moritz Leitner made a permanent move to Carrow Road in the summer and has been incredibly impressive as they’ve stormed to the top of the Championship. Klopp says that at just 17-years old, Leitner was a star for him too.
“All the Norwich results I know, second only to the Huddersfield games. I had a lot of their players,” he told Sky Sports, reported via EADT.
“Moritz Leitner was awesome for me and it’s not just him. Mario Vrancic was my player. He was my Mario Gotze at Mainz, 17 and in the squad. I have known him for ages and he is a good friend of my son’s.”
He went on to praise other members of the table-topping Canaries squad.
“Marco Stiepermann was in the squad for the 2011 championship at Dortmund. Felix Passlack was a very young prospect there alongside Christian Pulisic.”
This weekend Klopp will doubtless be on the lookout as Norwich look to strengthen their hold on the Championship title race with a win against Bristol City in the early evening kick off.
Norwich have surprised many this season, but when you consider the number of players they have that have worked with Klopp, perhaps it isn’t as surprising as it seems.
They’ve clearly got friends in high places, I wonder if maybe they’ll look to exploit their new-found friend with a loan move or two this January?