Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has welcomed new Merseyside rival Sam Allardyce at Everton.
Allardyce was appointed Everton boss on an 18-month contract earlier this week, finally replacing Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.
It means Allardyce and Klopp can renew a rivalry that dates back to the latter’s arrival in the Premier League in October 2015.
By December of that year, Allardyce courted controversy by labelling Klopp a “soft German” after Liverpool beat his Sunderland side 1-0.
Allardyce apologised for the comment a week later, and Klopp says the two are now on good terms.
“With Sam I have a history when he was at Sunderland. He said something after the game and then he had to row back.
“We had a very good relationship when he was at England, then he had a holiday and he is back. I am happy for us.
“It’s good for us when Everton is in a good moment. Not a moment better than us. But it’s good for the city.
“Now he’s recharged his batteries and back on track.”