Sir Alex Ferguson has already written off Liverpool’s chances of challenging for the Premier League next season – even before a ball has been kicked. The United manager was speaking on Wednesday when he claimed that ‘Chelsea were a bigger threat’ and that ‘other teams will know more about them’ – indicating they’ll work out how to play against Benitez’s 4-2-3-1 favoured formation.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez were locked in a war of words prior to United’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea and Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with newly promoted Stoke City when the Liverpool manager was angered by Ferguson’s claims that Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the autumn was a ‘good result for United’. The Liverpool boss then suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson was the only manager not to get punished by referees – something which clearly isn’t true. Below are Ferguson’s quotes to the Sun newspaper:
“It will be hard for them to match last season, let alone improve on it. Other teams will know more about them. Liverpool had probably their best season for 20 years and still finished four points adrift. It has to be Chelsea as the main threat. Ancelotti will change how they play. They will play the Milan way. It brought him two European Cups – it should have been three, because they should never have lost to Liverpool. So why should he change? The thrust of their team is all about Gerrard and Torres.”
Liverpool have just sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid for £30Million and have brought in former Roma man Alberto Aquilani for a fee in the region of £20Million. There is no doubt that there will be far more competition from Chelsea this season and Liverpool will need to hold onto Mascherano to allow Gerrard to play further up the pitch and support Torres.
Is Fergie right to write off Liverpool so quickly? Are the mind games beginning already?
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