He told the Mirror: “It's not just a question of reclaiming its place on the perch Fergie talked about – the Liver bird is soaring.
“For the generation of fans who have never seen Liverpool win the title, there is a sense that Jurgen is giving the club its pride back.
“To reach the Champions League final two years running is not down to luck. You don't come back from a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in a semi-final by just hoping the noise of Anfield will frighten them and the cards will fall your way.
“He knows what he is doing. He understands the touchstone for success is straight from Bill Shankly's philosophy: He wants to make the people happy.
“That means playing the right way – whether it's called rock and roll football, heavy metal football or whatever – with a work ethic that gives his team a realistic chance of winning. He recognises that success on the pitch has to be earned and is not a God-given right.
“Liverpool have always won stuff, or been in contention for trophies, but when you think of the Klopp era – and how close they came to the title last season – all of a sudden it makes you realise that when I played, we never really came close."