Sir Alex Ferguson once famously claimed that his best achievement at Manchester United was to knock Liverpool off their perch.
Now, however, he was gracious enough to congratulate Liverpool’s return to the summit. He did so by wishing his former rival well.
Kenny Dalglish has received a letter of appreciation from Ferguson after Liverpool secured their first Premier League title, claims.
“He contacted us to say congratulations by the modern medium,” Dalglish said. “You go through the older generation – Fergie at Manchester United, Brian Kidd, Mike Summerbee; all the old foes who went through football at the same time as us – and at the end of the year you sent a letter of congratulations to say well done. That continues through.
“It is a great compliment. You are in competition and rivals but you are magnanimous enough to send a letter saying congratulations. Everyone is in the same game, aren’t they?”
In his turn, the former manager of Liverpool paid tribute to captain Jordan Henderson’s influence. He said: “He was determined to be a success in football. He is the only Liverpool captain who will have lifted this trophy but also the Club World Cup as well. He is up there with the captains who have picked up the Champions League.”
Dalglish was the manager at Liverpool for the second time when they signed Henderson from Sunderland in 2011: “I saw someone in that role that was better than what we had at the time. So he was very calm when you get into the talks and his dad came with him, which was a positive sign for me.”