Mkhitaryan grateful to Liverpool boss Klopp for making him a “better player”

Most of the time it is unusual to hear anyone connected with Manchester United or Liverpool showering the other with praise.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, though, has a soft spot for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for helping him improve as a player.

The Armenian, who signed for Manchester United last year, spent two seasons playing under the German at Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp is known for his man-management skills, and Mkhitaryan has indicated that the 50-year-old helped improved his way of thinking, not just his style on the field.

The Mirror quotes the midfielder as saying:

“When I came to Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp told me that I had to let go, and that it’s not good to think about football all the time. I started to understand what he meant, and so slowly, this part of me has changed. I am thankful to Klopp. He worked on my personality and the psychological part.

“At Dortmund, I was very stressed after a few games when we were playing really bad. Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a better player.”

Under United manager Jose Mourinho, Mkhitaryan took time to grab a place in the first team, with his Portuguese coach claiming that he was not ready to be thrown into Premier League action.

This season, however, the former Shakhtar Donetsk player has started all seven top-flight matches.

Mkhitaryan is expected to face Klopp this Saturday when United and Liverpool go head to head at Anfield.