Liverpool’s coach, Brendan Rodgers, has issued a warning to the new man in Manchester United’s dugout that a Premier League win in his debut season will be difficult.
Rodger’s, who led Liverpool to a second-place finish last season believes that the Premier League will present a different challenge to the Dutch, Spanish and German leagues - all whom Van Gaal has already won during his illustriuous career - due to its more competitive nature.
"I think what he'll find is the competition in this league will be different to any other league that he's worked in," he told Sky Sports.
"In a lot of the other leagues, there are one or two teams and those are the teams that are expected to win.
“This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose. You don't get that a lot in the other leagues.
"I think the competition will probably take him by (surprise), and that's from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years."
Rodgers concluded with words of praise for Van Gaal, who he admits he reserves a keen admiration for.
"I've obviously been an admirer of his work and his career," he added.
"He's a very experienced manager and a very good manager who has worked at some big clubs.
"When you come through as a coach, you look at the guys who have a vision and a philosophy, and he was obviously one of those guys."
Brendan Rodgers is currently preparing his Liverpool team for their opening Premier League fixture against Southampton, while United will start against Swansea at home.
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