You know Liverpool are doing something right when two Manchester United legends admit to being impressed.
Sir Alex Ferguson recently admitted Jurgen Klopp had “revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm”. How difficult that must have been.
Ryan Giggs has since offered similar sentiments to his former manager, admitting that Liverpool are genuine title contenders.
Ferguson and Giggs once viewed Liverpool, not Manchester City, as the number one enemy. Now both are hyping up Klopp’s team as potential champions of England.
It was Ferguson’s mission to knock Liverpool “right off their f***ing perch,” and he certainly achieved that. The Merseyside club couldn’t compete with United in the Ferguson era.
Fast forward to 2016 and Liverpool have greater aspirations than United. Klopp led his team to two finals last season, and only goal difference is preventing the Reds from sitting at the top of the table.
No wonder Ferguson and Giggs are scared.
“As for the prospect of Liverpool winning the league for the first time since 1990, they would not expect me to say anything other than it fills me with dread,” Giggs confessed in his column for the Telegraph.
“A long time ago they challenged United to come back when we had won it 18 times. Twenty years later United had raised the bar to 20 and no-one on my side wants to see it swing back the other way.”
Sorry, Giggs. The tide is turning.
Giggs has two concerns about Liverpool
The former winger, who won 13 Premier League title at United, did voice two concerns he has about Liverpool’s title hopes.
“What they lack is a goalscorer who might get them 20 goals in a season and while Sadio Mane or Daniel Sturridge might prove me wrong, you do need one of those in a title-winning team," Giggs wrote.
“All the recent champions have had one: Jamie Vardy, Diego Costa, Yaya Toure (who scored 20 goals in 2013-2014, although Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s key striker), Robin Van Persie.
“At the other end I do not think they have a goalkeeper who is among the top players in that position in the league, although that could change over time.”
Seven different scorers
The fear about a consistent goalscorer won’t concern Klopp at all, so long as several of his players continue to contribute.
Liverpool have scored the joint-highest number of Premier League goals this season, leading the way with Man City on 20, and have had seven different goalscorers.
Quite remarkably, neither Daniel Sturridge or Divock OrIgi have scored any of those 20 league efforts.
If Klopp can work those two into the mix, then Liverpool’s already potent attack will get even better.
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