Jurgen Klopp has finally responded to Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that the Liverpool manager woke him up at half past three in the morning.
Ferguson sent Klopp a congratulatory message after the Reds' Premier League title triumph back in June.
But Klopp and his players were partying so hard at the team hotel that it was 3.30am before the Liverpool boss got back to his room and replied to the legendary ex-Manchester United manager.
Ferguson would have been somewhat irked by the untimely message, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov revealed back in July – although the former Old Trafford chief sent Klopp a video message saying he had "forgiven" him.
And as Liverpool prepare to begin their defence of the title against Leeds United on Saturday, Klopp has apologised – saying he did not realise Fergie would have had his phone turned on by his bedside.
“The problem was that I came back late in my room that night and I couldn’t sleep immediately so I went through the messages I got and one of them was from Alex Ferguson,” said Klopp in quotes reported by BT.
“I just replied in a very polite way I think. It was about 3.30am-4am and I didn’t expect him to have his phone next to his bed. I didn’t want to wake him up. If that happened then sorry Alex!"
While Klopp had admitted to admiring Ferguson, he says the two are not in close contact – as he feels the United legend doesn't want to hear about Liverpool's recent success.
“Since then we have not been in contact," Klopp said. "He is still the former Man United manager and I don’t think he wants to talk to me too much about the success of Liverpool. He respects it but it’s not his favourite thing to watch on television!”
In Ferguson's video message to Klopp following his early-morning wake-up, the 78-year-old said: "I'll forgive you for waking me up at half past three in the morning to tell me you'd won the league. Thank you.
"But anyway, you've thoroughly deserved it, well done."
He said ending Liverpool's 30-year wait for the title was "really thoroughly deserved", adding of Klopp: "Your personality ran right through the whole club. I think it was a marvellous, marvellous performance."
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