What do Alex Ferguson’s comments about Liverpool suggest?

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: In this handout image provided by UEFA, Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool attends a press conference after the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. Sevilla won 3-1.
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Sir Alex Ferguson commented on Liverpool in his technical report for UEFA as the head of the governing body’s technical advisors and I think it suggests a rise in Liverpool’s prominence.

Last season, Liverpool took us all on an emotional rollercoaster ride in the Europa League. Victories over Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund were particularly enjoyable as the Reds qualified for the final in Basel in real style.

The fairytale that was meant to be didn’t pan out in the way that any Liverpool supporter dreamed. Rather, Liverpool turned in a flat second half performance and was punished by Sevilla.

It was truly heartbreaking.

Alex Ferguson gave his opinion in UEFA’s Europa League technical report in his role as the head of the governing body’s technical advisors. He said that he thought Liverpool’s insipid performance was a result of fatigue after playing an intensive pressing game for so much of the season.

Liverpool went 1-0 up in the first half after a world-class finish from Daniel Sturridge. The second half, however, was an entirely different story as the Reds looked drained and depleted. The result was that the players were chasing shadows and conceded three goals as Sevilla won their third successive Europe League trophy.

According to Sky Sports, Alex Ferguson said in his report, “Sevilla didn’t enjoy Liverpool’s tackling and determination in the first half,” he says. “But they started off after half-time with a more positive attitude and getting the goal right away changed the whole game.

“In the second half, Liverpool had no energy, they could not get to the ball. The space in midfield became bigger. I never had a team who could press a ball all season.”

For once, I’m not frothing at the mouth after something Ferguson has said. It’s no secret that there is no love between the Manchester United legend and Liverpool but for once, he was not prejudiced.

He went on to say, “I’ve always thought that playing at Anfield was very difficult,” he said. “Because the crowd create an amazing atmosphere that puts a lot of teams, opponents and the referees under pressure a lot.”

Ferguson knows all about pressurising referees.

“We saw evidence of that when 3-1 down against Dortmund they got that second goal and the crowd lifted them and I think it inspires this team.

“They are that kind of football club, Liverpool, that get inspired by their support.”

Ferguson’s comments point to a return to the big time for Liverpool. Despite failure to win the Europa League last season, Klopp has already transformed Liverpool from an identity-less team that made me hate watching football under Brendan Rodgers.

Having beaten Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea already this season, Klopp needs to focus on beating the smaller sides in the league. Losing to the likes of Burnley and Watford has been Liverpool’s fatal flaw in recent years.

If Klopp can get his side to perform as they do in the big games against Burnley and co. then there is no reason Liverpool won’t be in and around the top four come May.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Sir Alex is a wildly old fox, If I had to sum up in one word what he’s hinting at is “CONCERNED”I believe United would have been better off giving the role to Giggs, with Ferguson in the background giving council, instead the powers that be took a measured gamble and gave the role to “win at any cost Football Mourinho” this will implode in the very near future, the finger pointing will begin and all confidence will evaporate into thin air, the defeats will put United in a position, where they’re already behind and playing catch-up, which will only add to the pressure that already exists, United face Leicester then Liverpool away, then Chelsea, by then things could be at crisis level Old trafford, win the league at this point? I don’t think so!, top four?, at present if I’m honest, no chance!

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