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Ferguson: “Thank goodness I've retired, Liverpool are phenomenal”

Sat 16 January 2021 | 12:36

Former Manchester United boss knows the clash against Liverpool is going to be a challenge.

Alex Ferguson

, the legendary

Manchester United

manager, was joking about how happy he is to have hung up his boots so he does not carry around the responsibility to go against “phenomenal”

Liverpool

.

The most trophy winner manager Ferguson has led the Red Devils to 13

Premier League

titles when he managed the club from 1986 to 2013, with the goal of 'knocking Liverpool off their perch'.

Since Ferguson called it quits, United have yet to gain the title, when Liverpool finally rose to the Champions after three decades last season.

Liverpool have also pushed for the Champions League two seasons ago which made Ferguson satisfied with Jurgen Klopp’s efforts.

"

I've always considered the Manchester United and Liverpool derby the game of the season,

" said Ferguson.

"

Quite simply, they are the two most successful teams in Britain when you add up all the trophies they’ve won together.

"It's obvious that you have to beat Liverpool to win anything. It's similar to when I was at Aberdeen - you had to beat Rangers and Celtic to win anything and you can add a mental attitude to that.

"In reality, it is the game. Liverpool's success over the 70s and 80s was phenomenal.

"To do that, I had to take a road that was always going to be difficult, it meant I had to wait in terms of building the club. Eventually, it turned out fantastically for us.

"Now I've retired, and thank goodness I've retired actually when I see Liverpool's performance over the last two seasons - they've been phenomenal. I've got great respect for Liverpool, I always have."

Jordan Henderson

’s name was written in Liverpool folklore when he was given the captain armband in his club’s first Premier League title victory.

The Scot was not satisfied with Henderson’s pace and running; however, he made his comment more clarified when he admitted his side wanted to sign with the midfielder back in 2011.

"

We were ready to make a bid for him,

" he said. "

There was criticism from Brendan Rodgers about my assessment of Jordan. 

"The actual story was we were ready to make a bid for him at Sunderland. I spoke to Steve Bruce. Our scouting and medical department said they weren't happy with his running style.

"They said he could be the type to get injuries. I had to make sure players would always be available. But we loved Jordan as a player.

"He has proved that now. All the stories I hear about him tell me that I missed out on a really good person."


source: SportMob