Rio Ferdinand has highlighted the stark difference between Liverpool and Manchester United. The former United defender was left hugely impressed by the way Jurgen Klopp’s men controlled the match to beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Liverpool’s victory ensured they would qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League as the winners of Group B, having won all four of their games so far.
Trent Alexander-Arnold starred for Klopp’s side, setting up both goals as they defeated 10-men Atletico.
Diogo Jota headed in Alexander-Arnold’s cross early in the second half to get Liverpool off to the perfect start before Sadio Mane doubled their lead.
Atletico gave themselves a mountain to climb when they were reduced to 10 men after just 36 minutes.
Defender Felipe received his marching orders after committing a foul and preceding to ignore the referee when he was called over.
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“This is a team who are in complete control. They’re in control of every situation going on and yes they’re on a great streak, unbeaten run, but it’s controlling games and really turning the intensity up, using the crowd and having that complete control.
“Whereas yesterday was disarray and trying to get to a point of controlling but never getting there.”
Peter Crouch agreed with Ferdinand and praised Liverpool for the manner in which they dealt with Atletico in the second half.
He added: “Atletico tried everything, didn’t they; there were fouls, there were yellow cards – Liverpool didn’t become involved in it.
“They managed the game correctly and what they did was get the job done in the first ten, fifteen, twenty minutes. They came out the blocks, the fans were up, everyone was on the front foot, they got the job done and got the red card then killed the game.”