Sir Alex Ferguson makes fascinating point about Liverpool playing style
By Dominic Toner
Sir Alex Fergurson believes that Liverpool’s high energy approach could cost them later in the season.
The Merseyside club have started the new campaign in decent form and have already been involved in some high scoring affairs, including their opening day 4-3 win over Arsenal.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is well known for his high intensity style of football and his team is beginning to match the level he demands.
Ferguson, who managed rivals Manchester United for 26 years, has said that Liverpool could suffer burnout as the season progresses.
The Premier League legend has voiced his opinion in UEFA’s Europa League Technical report, after assessing Liverpool’s defeat in the competition to Sevilla in the final.
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“Sevilla didn’t enjoy Liverpool’s tackling and determination in the first half,” he said, as quoted by the Echo. “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.”
Liverpool led the final 1-0 at the break thanks to a Daniel Sturridge goal and demonstrated the ferocious style of Klopp’s teams.
However a second-half comeback from Sevilla helped them lift the trophy with a 3-1 win and Ferguson feels the players struggled to maintain the high pressure.
Klopp was appointed the Liverpool boss in October last year and his team is now beginning to take shape.
Liverpool do not have the distraction of European competitions this season but it will be intriguing to see if they can continue playing at such a pace.
In other Liverpool news, Piers Moragn has named the club’s midfielder among the top five players in the Premier League.