‘Fear factor’ – Ferdinand sends Liverpool warning to Man Utd

Date published: Tuesday 19th October 2021 10:34 - Jason Soutar

Rio Ferdinand during a BT Sport broadcast

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Liverpool and claims there is a “fear factor” growing around the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have started 2021/22 in relentless form. They are currently second in the league – one point behind leaders Chelsea.

Mo Salah has been tremendous so far this term, scoring nine goals and assisting four in only ten appearances.

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The Reds travel to Old Trafford on Sunday after facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, and Ferdinand is worried for his former club.

“Liverpool are on fire. They’re actually playing like the Liverpool team of two or three years ago when they were popping everybody. They look like they’re dominant,” he told his YouTube channel.

“There’s a fear factor coming back through the league now when teams are coming up against them, thinking, ‘I’m playing against Salah, Mane, Firmino, they’ve got Jota to come in. Van Dijk’s back fit’.

“They’re looking more solid, they’re looking more secure in the way that they’re playing,

“There’s a connectivity between the whole team. They’re playing as a unit, they press together, they retreat together, they attack together.

“There’s a togetherness. They’re a team of experienced people who know how to get the job done, they’ve got trophies behind them now. They’re going to be a formidable team this year.”

Also, Ferdinand admits he ‘enjoys’ watching Klopp’s side, despite his allegiance with Man Utd:

“I enjoy watching Liverpool. As hard as it is to say as a Man United man, I actually turn the TV on to watch Liverpool because they are an exciting team in all the ways that they play.

“High energy, aggressive with and without the ball, and they score goals and create chances.”

Man Utd go into Sunday’s fixture on the back of a 4-2 loss against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

And ex-Red Devil Gary Neville thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “biggest mistake” in the loss was starting Harry Maguire.

The United captain was off the boil all game after returning from a month on the sidelines alongside Victor Lindelof, with Solskjaer choosing to leave Eric Bailly on the bench.

“On Saturday, the biggest mistake that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made that I could think of watching that game again was the selection of Harry Maguire,” Neville told Sky Sports.


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