Liverpool have ‘control’ compared to Manchester United, claims Rio Ferdinand

‘This is a team that has control in every situation they are in’: Rio Ferdinand impressed by Liverpool’s comfortable win over Atletico Madrid – as he contrasts it with ‘disorder’ Manchester United were in Atalanta

  • Liverpool broke into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night
  • The Reds have secured a knockout phase as group winners with two games left
  • Rio Ferdinand praised Jurgen Klopp’s side for showing total control this period
  • Another former Manchester United star Dion Dublin also praised the Reds











Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Liverpool have looked much more secure in the Champions League this season compared to Manchester United.

The Reds easily walked into the last 16 of the competition as group winners with two games left on Wednesday night after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

It marks an impressive campaign in Europe so far for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who had been put into something resembling a difficult section along with AC Milan, Porto and the Spanish champions.

Liverpool reached the last 16 of the Champions League after beating Atletico Madrid 2-0

Liverpool reached the last 16 of the Champions League after beating Atletico Madrid 2-0

Rio Ferdinand has praised the Reds for their ability to control matches in any situation

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 outfit an easy night.

While Manchester United are also at the top of their group, it is thanks in part to three late goals in the competition from Cristiano Ronaldo, who struck in the break on Tuesday to save a 2-2 draw against Atalanta – his third goal in the last 10 minutes of a European draw in this parliamentary term.

Former United defender Ferdinand believes Liverpool are showing better control in the game of their matches during this period, with the Reds now on an unbeaten run of 25 matches stretching back to April.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have been constantly left behind after matches in Europe

Manchester United, meanwhile, have been constantly left behind after matches in Europe

But three late Cristiano Ronaldo goals have kept them on course for the Champions League Round of 16, where his latest saved a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Tuesday night

But three late Cristiano Ronaldo goals have kept them on course for the Champions League Round of 16, where his latest saved a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Tuesday night

“This is a team that has control in every situation they are in,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

‘Yesterday with United was a mess in trying to get a point.’

Another former United player in Dion Dublin reiterated a similar sentiment, claiming that Liverpool’s preparation and solid team help them glide through the matches.

“Liverpool are just getting these games right – they look very organized and professional,” he told BBC 5Live.

‘The backbone of the site is very strong and very experienced. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson bring experience, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane at the top and the two midfielders make it look easy. ‘

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