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Ferdinand says his United team of 08 would beat Klopp's 2020 champions

Rio Ferdinand has told Five’s YouTube channel that he thinks Liverpool’s 2020 Premier League-winning team would fall short against his Manchester United side of 2008.

Liverpool won the title last season having amassed a club-record total of 99 points.

Meanwhile, Manchester United won the league crown in 2008, having pipped Chelsea to the title on the final day.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s impressive team also went on the claim the Champions League, too, again beating Chelsea to claim a third European triumph.

And as a result, Ferdinand has claimed that his United side would beat Jurgen Klopp’s reigning English champions if the two teams were to face-off against each-other.

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“Yeah, I think we do. It’s a close game, don’t get me wrong. But, they’re not dealing with us,” he said.

“I’ll be honest with you, Salah and Mane are giving anyone problem. They are, it’s a fact. Them two, they’re a joke, but I wouldn’t say they’ve got enough to beat us.”

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What RTK has to say

Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly surprising to hear Ferdinand say this. It would be utterly bizarre if he wasn’t defending the team he captained to Champions League glory.

Still, it certainly does make an interesting argument. Yes, the notion of teams of totally different eras playing against each-other is tedious. However, what a spectacle it would be to see peak Klopp and Ferguson going toe-to-toe.

As Ferdinand previously eluded to with BT Sport, sometimes we should just appreciate greatness when it is front of us, rather than look for ways to undermine the achievements of others.

Indeed, the United side of 08 are one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen, but so is Liverpool’s of present.

It’s unfair to ridicule a team that has amassed 196 points in two seasons while simultaneously reaching back-to-back Champions League finals along the way.

Of course, Klopp’s team are struggling at present, but there are a number of mitigating circumstances to suggest why – not to mention an unprecedented global pandemic, too.

These aren’t excuses but facts. We can lament over what has gone wrong for Liverpool in recent months, but there can be no question that Klopp will have his troop up-and-firing again soon.

A team as formidable as this Liverpool side doesn’t fall off a cliff overnight. For that reason alone, it would be premature to completely write-off a team that has achieved so much in such a limited period of time.

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