Sir Alex Ferugson Admits Liverpool Are Title Contenders
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on October 28, 2016
Liverpool’s good form has seen them go 10 games unbeaten all competitions. This purple patch has seen Sir Alex Ferguson, who was widely acclaimed as one of the best managers in the world for their bitter rivals, Manchester United, admit they have a chance of lifting their first title since 1990.
Ferguson was also full of praise for the Reds’ manager, Jurgen Klopp, saying he has revivied Liverpool’s enthusiasm.
The Scot, who was in charge of Manchester United for 27 years, having won 13 Premier League titles. His comments about Liverpool managers & the club in the past have fuelled the hatred up a notch. In September 2002, he responded to those who thought Ferguson was facing the greatest challenge in his career:
“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment. My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fuc**ng perch. And you can print that.”
He had a fiery relationship with ex-LFC manager Rafael Benitez that started in 2009, which many suggested ended Liverpool’s title hopes for the season.
When Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager in October 2015, Sir Alex admitted that he was afraid of the impact Klopp may have on the club. And almost a year later, he stuck to his word, praising the 49-year old manager in an interview for German magazine Kicker, adducing that the Reds have an identity again:
He has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm.
He then added:
It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.
You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year.
You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline, I’m convinced his work in training is similar. He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club.
Surely Ferguson’s opinions on a man Liverpool supporters adore will buoy their fanbase, as a compliment from a famous rival figure.
The Merseysiders currently lie 3rd in the Barclays Premier League, having last been defeated on August 20, when a Burnley side snatched the three points in unlikely fashion on Turf Moor. They will have the opportunity to extend their impressive unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday – one of their least favourite hunting grounds since the inception of the Premier League.