Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Ralf Rangnick is "one of the best, if not the best German coach" in the world as the former RB Leipzig manager waits to be unveiled as Manchester United's interim manager.
According to the Athletic, Rangnick has agreed a six-month deal with the club until the end of May and will leave his position as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow.
The 63-year-old is now negotiating his release from the Russian club, but it's understood that he won't be in charge in time for Sunday's clash with Chelsea.
United meanwhile are still in the hunt for a permanent manager, with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag still top targets for the summer.
Rangnick, who was in talks with Chelsea over an interim position after Frank Lampard's sacking in January, has also agreed a two-year consultancy role with United.
He is considered the 'godfather' of modern coaching in Germany.
Rangnick's methods heavily influenced Klopp, as well as Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann as German coaching enjoys something of a renaissance across Europe.
It was Rangnick in fact who popularised Gegenpressing – a tactic now synonymous with Klopp's teams, and the Reds boss even asked his mentor for advice while weighing up moves for Leipzig stars Ibrahimia Konate and Dayot Upamecano last year.
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Rangnick played a vital part in Red Bull's expansion across European football, both on and off the field, and the German has become renowned for his shrewd business and tactical acumen.
He may only be in charge of United for half-a-season, but if Klopp's comments are anything to go by, Rangnick will be able to do plenty of good in that time.
For now, Michael Carrick will remain in charge of first-team affairs and will lead the side out against Tuchel's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
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