Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand had urged Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham to choose Manchester United over Liverpool. Ferdinand believes Manchester United are going one way and Liverpool another at the moment.
“If you put the two teams on a graph, Manchester United are going in one direction and Liverpool have stagnated,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I wouldn’t say Liverpool are in decline, but other teams are catching them up and maybe going beyond them. If I’m a player, say Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice – two of the most in-demand English midfielders that may get moves this summer – and someone says, ‘Manchester United or Liverpool, where are you going?’, forget my Manchester United ties, I have to go with United right now.
“The way the team looks, the way the squad is shaping up, the way the managers are navigating their teams’ fortunes and who I see being more successful in the upcoming future – I really would be sitting on the side of United.”
It is quite a statement from Ferdinand on the back of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup win.
With Jurgen Klopp set to begin a rebuild of the Liverpool squad this summer working under the German will continue to be an enticing prospect for any player in world football.
Liverpool have gained 10 points from their last 4 Premier League games and glimpses of Liverpool’s best form are reappearing.
“It is a really good team, how could they not be successful.. but again they have to play us. I would like to show that is different’, Klopp told Friday’s press conference.