Liverpool faced former Fernandes club Sporting Lisbon at the New York Yankee Stadium before the start of the current campaign.
Fernandes was sensational in the friendly, scoring the first game before turning the supplier to save a draw after Liverpool came back from behind to go 2-1 ahead.
The Portuguese international was on the Manchester United radar at the time, but the Old Trafford club would not have landed him until January 2020.
Klopp took the opportunity to speak to the midfielder after the match.
“Good game. You were good,” Klopp told Fernandes. “Congratulations on the great game. You are a top player. “
The Liverpool boss then spoke about Fernandes at his press conference, where he predicted that the midfielder would make the Red Devils a force to be reckoned with.
” If he [joins Manchester United ] then we will face it, “said Klopp.
“He’s obviously a very good player,” said Klopp. “United already has some very good players, which will probably make them stronger.
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“It is not beautiful, but it [United’s transfer business] is not our cup of tea, to be honest. ”
Manchester United finally got their man in January, selling off £ 47 million to complete the transfer.
And Fernandes was the revelation predicted by Klopp.
The Red Devils have not yet suffered a loss when the Portuguese were on the field, when they have already made a favorite with Old Trafford fans.