Jurgen Klopp has offered astonishing backing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - by insisting he's already got the Manchester United job permanently.
The Liverpool manager faces a battle of wits with his Old Trafford counterpart on Sunday, with Klopp believing the former United star has brought the philosophy and mentality of Sir Alex Ferguson back to the club.
And that, he believes, means there's no doubt temporary boss Solskjaer will be given the job full-time.
Speaking ahead of their crucial match this weekend, Klopp said: “There's no doubt that he will be the manager next year as well. That's clear.
“Can you imagine one situation when they say: 'We bring in another manager?’ He deserved that 100 percent. He made everything what you have to make to be successful with them. So now I think we spoke enough!”
United have yet to make an announcement about Solskjaer's future after initially giving him the role until the end of the season.
But Klopp believes that the new boss – who is still technically the manager of Molde – has made an incredible start to his Old Trafford career.
"I think it's pretty much the best record a manager has ever had when he came in! The potential of this United team was always good, that is clear, it is not the best news for us obviously, but brilliant for United fans they are a threat again,” he said.
“If Ole is not a former player of Man United then he would not have made a move from Norway to Manchester United - that's clear. But you get the chance and you have to use it.
“He showed everything what you need, together with his coaches. They made a few smart decisions there and it worked out.”
And Klopp is hugely impressed that the United boss has used all the knowledge he took from his time under Ferguson to take United back to what they were under the managerial legend.
“He brought in the things that Sir Alex Ferguson stood for because of his experience of that period. It makes them a threat again and back on track,” Klopp added.
“He came in and found exactly the right words. I am really happy for him that he got this opportunity to show his quality.”
Klopp also revealed that he has a clean bill of health apart from centre backs Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez who are ruled out, with the rest of his first-team squad now in full training, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.