Rio Ferdinand names key elements of Liverpool’s game that make it ‘the best he’s ever seen’.

Liverpool defeated Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night, earning plenty of praise from Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand believes this is the best Liverpool team he has ever seen
Rio Ferdinand believes this is the best Liverpool team he has ever seen

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes there are four main reasons for this Liverpool s current squad is the best he has ever seen.

The Reds have a real chance of a historic quad this term with a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the first leg Champions League Semifinals only reinforce their claims. An own goal deflected off a Jordan Henderson cross and Sadio Mane’s goal were the all-important difference at Anfield.

With a top-flight squad like Jurgen Klopp’s, it’s hard to see why Liverpool aren’t among the best teams in the world First League Story. But despite having some of the best players in world football, Ferdinand doesn’t think that’s the reason for their success.

After Villarreal’s win, he told BT Sport: “This is the best Liverpool team I’ve ever seen. They’re relentless on and off the ball. It’s the way they pressure teams, the energy, the commitment, the commitment, it’s amazing.”

He then went on to say that the team should aim to win the quadruple, continuing: “That has to be the aim of these Liverpool players. They will set a goal and when they achieve that, they will be immortal and better than anyone who has ever played football in this country when they achieve that. That must be their goal, but that remains to be seen.”

Liverpool hero Michael Owen then added: “Imagine that. It’s impossible, isn’t it, but now you’re suddenly thinking, can it happen? The way they play, the number of fit players, the confidence, the atmosphere in the stadium, all of a sudden you think that can happen?”

Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for Liverpool


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Manchester City have the best chance of preventing the Anfield side from making history. They are currently a point above the Reds in the Premier League on 80 points and if they don’t slip in the last five games of the season they will lift the trophy at the end of the season.

They are also likely to be Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League final after the defeat real Madrid 4-3 in their semi-final first leg on Tuesday night, although the Whites won’t go down without a fight in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Of course, as has been the case all season, Liverpool will play the game of the season one at a time and attention will be on their game newcastle on Saturday. And Klopp hopes his side can repeat the impressive performance against Villarreal at St James’ Park.

Speaking of Tuesday’s performance, Klopp said: “It was a brilliant game to be honest. I really enjoyed the first half, the only thing we were disappointed about was that we didn’t score. But we kept them calm and that was important because of the threat on the counterattack, so we tried to create, tried to be direct, tried to play through the lines and over the lines, we had a lot of good moments. And then in the second half we finished those moments and we deserved those goals for our performance.

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