Liverpool Manager, Juergen Klopp, said on Friday Everton under the guidance of Italian Carlo Ancelotti can become “the next proper challenger” to the Reds in the English Premier League.
The Toffees top the table with four wins from four under the ex-AC Milan manager, who was appointed last December.
The Goodison Park outfit hosts champion Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
“What I think about Carlo Ancelloti was never a secret. I couldn’t respect him more. He’s a wonderful human being,” Klopp told BBC Football Focus.
“When I heard he was going to sign for Everton I thought ‘Uhhh, the next proper challenger in line.
“They did the perfect business in the summer. They found exactly the players that they needed to improve an already pretty good football team.
“Together, getting more used to what Carlo wants the team to do makes Everton a pretty strong team.”
Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva as Everton boss, having won league titles in Italy, Germany, France, and England, with Chelsea in 2009-10. He also has three Champions Leagues to his name as a manager.
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Everton, 12th in the Premier League last season, has not finished higher than seventh since 2013-14.
After strengthening the midfield this summer with the signings of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure, the club has a 100 percent record from seven games in all competitions this season.
Everton had scored 24 goals, with newly capped 23-year-old England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin netting nine of them, including two hat-tricks.
“Calvert-Lewin, I really expected him to make big steps in the next few years and he did.
“He has everything you need in a top striker: size, mobility, speed, desire, technically really, really good, in the air, finishing with his head, both feet,” the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager added.