Sir Alex Ferguson has had his say on Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, and it appears even after he’s been retired for a few seasons, he can’t help but stick his nose in!
The former Manchester United manager, whose opinions on our club have always been biased and with a view of point scoring, has claimed he knows why Liverpool lost the Europa League Final against Sevilla last season.
The Spaniards downed us 3-1 despite a promising first 45 in which we took the lead and had a goal ruled off for offside.
“Sevilla didn’t enjoy Liverpool’s tackling and determination in the first half,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “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.”
The idea that Liverpool were able to press for the entire campaign but ran out of steam with 45 minutes of the season left is a little farfetched!
The side that played that night had only been used once a week for about a month previous due to Klopp deploying second-string XIs in the Premier League. They looked tired, but it was more a case of nerves, stress and the occasion which meant many of the side sadly froze when Sevilla equalised.
If we hadn’t have conceded that ropey goal at the beginning of the second, confidence might have grown, but it didn’t and the rest is history.
Our loss though has meant we can fight for the Premier League this term without midweek European football. Annoyingly our opponents on Friday, Chelsea, can do the same – but if we pick up a result at Stamford Bridge – it’ll show remaining doubters this season that Liverpool mean business.