Ryan Giggs gives one reason he wanted Liverpool to win the Europa League

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For the first time in a long time, it looks like there could be a power shift in the north-west this season.

It's fair to say things haven't gone entirely to plan for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, but Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool revolution is ticking along pretty nicely.

United are already six points behind their rivals going into the weekend's Premier League action, and no-one at Old Trafford is going to be happy if Klopp's men mount a title challenge as expected.

However, amidst all this, Ryan Giggs has revealed that he's not always wished the worst upon the Reds.


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In fact, writing in the Telegraph, the United legend has made a surprise admission - he was actually rooting for Liverpool in the Europa League final last season.

Hear him out - there's a perfectly good explanation for this crazy kind of situation where Ryan Giggs, of all people, was transformed into a Kopite for one evening in May.

"I found myself wanting Jurgen Klopp’s team to win – although not because I enjoy watching Liverpool parade a trophy," he explains.

"Quite the opposite: I was thinking months ahead to the implications European football, or the absence of it, would have on their league form this season.

"During that final against Sevilla, it occurred to me that if Liverpool had this season without the draining effect of European football, and had recruited well in the summer, then they would have a real chance of challenging for the Premier League.

"Now their mid-weeks are free."

Liverpool are laughing

You've got to admit, he has a point. As much as every United fan hates seeing Liverpool win trophies - especially ones they've knocked them out of - Giggs is absolutely right.

Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester United are all having to balance their own title challenges with European games on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Liverpool, meanwhile, could be laughing all the way to the end of the season.

It definitely looks like being out of Europe has helped the Merseysiders, as Klopp has had the opportunity to work with his players all week before every league game.

Maybe it was a clever, calculated plan by Klopp to lose that Europa League final to Sevilla - maybe that's why he's lost every European final he's ever been in, who knows?

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