Ralf Rangnick is ready to face an “extremely good” Liverpool side with interim players Manchester United Chef helped on her way to the top.
All eyes will be on Anfield when the rivals meet on Tuesday night, six months after Jurgen Klopp’s men clinched a stunning 5-0 win at Old Trafford in the second leg.
Naby Keita opened the scoring that day and previously said Rangnick treated him “like a son” when he brought him to RB Salzburg, with United’s interim boss also coaching him at RB Leipzig.
The 63-year-old has also been involved in the careers of future Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane, Ibrahima Konate and Takumi Minamino, having started as sporting director of the two Red Bull clubs in 2012.
Also, Rangnick signed Roberto Firmino when he was in charge of Hoffenheim and the impressive centre-back Joel Matip played under him at Schalke.
“They are good, they are extremely good,” Rangnick said of Liverpool. “It is no coincidence that they are as good as they are.
“Jurgen has built this team over the last six and a half years.
“Six or seven of those players used to be my/our players when we signed them for our clubs when nobody knew them.
“Again, it’s no coincidence that this is probably the club with the most players from our former clubs because their approach, style of football and style of play are quite similar.”
Rangnick knows United will need to step up their performance after Saturday’s 3-2 win over bottom side Norwich if they are to take anything away from Anfield.
“Of course they will[show their desire to finish in the top four],” he said.
“Of course they also showed today that they are trying to win this game, but like I said, for me it’s a question of being physical enough in those moments and it wasn’t the first time today, it’s earlier in games happens.
“If I still remember the Leeds game where we ended up playing with Scotty (McTominay) and with Fred, yes it was a fight and we were even at Leeds but that needs to happen more regularly.
“It’s pretty obvious. Also the reason why the club contacted me in November was the fact that we just conceded too many goals too easily.
“We’ve reduced the number of goals we’ve conceded but the way we defend is still not up to the standard we need to be a top four club.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/six-or-seven-of-those-players-used-to-be-myour-players-ralf-rangnick-helped-liverpool-players-to-the-top-41563204.html “Six or seven of those players used to be my/our players” – Ralf Rangnick has helped Liverpool’s players to the top