Liverpool are ‘in control’ in every situation they find themselves in, says Rio Ferdinand as the defender contrasts the Reds’ comfortable victory at Atlético de Madrid with Manchester United’s displays of ‘disorder’ in the Champions League
- Liverpool entered the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday night
- The Reds have secured a knockout stage as group winners with two games to spare
- Rio Ferdinand praised Jurgen Klopp’s team for showing full control this season
- Another former Manchester United star, Dion Dublin, also praised the Reds.
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Liverpool seem much more confident in the Champions League this season compared to Manchester United.
The Reds easily entered the round of 16 of the competition as group winners with two games to spare on Wednesday night after a comfortable 2-0 win over Atlético de Madrid.
So far, it marks an impressive campaign in Europe for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who had been put into what seemed like a tough section alongside AC Milan, Porto and the Spanish champions.
Liverpool got into the knockout stages of the Champions League after beating Atlético de Madrid 2-0
Rio Ferdinand has praised the Reds for their ability to control matches in any situation.
But goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane saw them take an early lead at Anfield before Felipe was sent off in the first half to give Klopp’s side an easy night.
While Manchester United are also at the top of their group, it is largely thanks to three late goals in competition from Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in injury time on Tuesday to salvage a 2-2 draw at Atalanta, his third goal in the final of 10. minutes of a European draw this term.
Former United defender Ferdinand believes Liverpool are showing better management in their game play this season, with the Reds now on a 25-game unbeaten streak dating back to April.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have been constantly chasing matches in Europe
But three late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo have kept them on track to the Champions League round of 16, with their latest salvaging a 2-2 draw in Atalanta on Tuesday night.
“This is a team that is in control in every situation they find themselves in,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Yesterday with United it was a mess trying to get a point.”
Another former United player in Dion Dublin echoed a similar sentiment, stating that Liverpool’s preparation and stable squad are helping them advance in matches.
“Liverpool just approach these games correctly, they look very organized and professional,” he told BBC 5Live.
‘The spine on the side is very strong and very experienced. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson bring experience, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the top and the two middle halves make it look easy. ‘