Sir Alex Ferguson believes Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game was to blame for Liverpool’s defeat in the Europa League final.
Liverpool led Sevilla 1-0 at half-time but a second-half collapse saw the Reds lose 3-1 in Basel.
And former Manchester United manager Ferguson, writing in UEFA technical report reviewing the 2015-16 season, suggests the players were feeling the effects of a draining campaign under Klopp, whose impact at Liverpool has been analysed here.
“In the second half Liverpool had no energy, they could not get to the ball,” UEFA coaching ambassador Ferguson said.
“The space in midfield became bigger. I never had a team who could press a ball all season.”
However, Ferguson went on to praise the German, and admits he is worried Liverpool could now rise above Manchester United.
“Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him,” he said.
“That’s class. And the work he did at Dortmund. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge.
“Things are looking up there. I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.”