Jamie Carragher would have loved to have played for Jurgen Klopp and labelled the German’s first win at Liverpool as “massive”.
The Reds beat Bournemouth on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup to reach the last eight and give Klopp is first victory as manager at the fourth time of asking.
Southampton await in the quarter-finals, with Klopp having already faced the Saints, who were one of the three teams to have drawn with Liverpool in his first three games.
Carragher watched the win on Wednesday from the Sky Sports studio and the former Liverpool captain has been impressed by what he has seen from Klopp so far.
“He looks like the type of fella you would like to go for a bevvy with. He is the type of fella you look at and you would like to play for him,” Carragher said.
“There are managers you look at, you judge them, you watch them, and you think: ‘I would love to have played for him.’ He is that type.
“He is the type of manager you look at, gets his arm around players, energy, bit of life about him on the training pitch, he seems a decent fella.
“The main thing is the job he does at Liverpool. That’s what he’ll be judged on. It was massive for him to get his first win.”
Klopp’s approach was also endorsed by Jamie Redknapp.
“He gives a world class cuddle,” the former Reds midfielder added.
“I’ve never seen a manager cuddle better. Let’s be honest. It’s all part of his man-management.
“He’s got it all. He’s a man-manager. I love the fact he is trying to build the confidence. He realises that is all part of it.
“I think it’s the German way as well. A lot of managers and players stay out on the pitch and salute the fans after. It’s great.
“When you’re winning, it’s fine. It’s not going to be quite so easy when you’ve had a couple of losses here. So far, so good.
“He looks like the sort of guy who could just walk in a room and it lights up. It’s great when things are going well. The problem is when things don’t go well. That’s when you really earn your corn as a manager. I like what I see so far.”