Rio Ferdinand has backed Liverpool for ‘scary’ long term domination following the success of the club under Jurgen Klopp so far this season.
Liverpool have enjoyed a record-breaking start to the campaign, winning 24 of their first 25 league fixtures to open up a 22-point advantage at the top of the Premier League and extend their unbeaten league run to a mammoth 42 games.
The club’s relentless form has seen Klopp’s side move to within touching distance of an elusive league title, and former defender Ferdinand has lavished praise on the ‘phenomenal’ performances from the Reds in the past two seasons.
Speaking at the launch of BT Sport’s new partnership with the English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh FAs, Ferdinand said: “You have to respect it, I think Liverpool have done a tremendous job.
“In the last two years the amount of points they have accumulated has been phenomenal.
“They’ve done that, you have to admire it and respect it.
“You’re not lucky to win the league, I know that from experience. You haven’t got to be lucky you’ve got to be good enough to win a league and Liverpool are more than good enough.”
Liverpool have now picked up 100 out of the past 102 points available to them in the Premier League, and Ferdinand – who won six league titles during his time at Manchester United – believes opposition sides should be worried about the prospect of a dominant era at Anfield.
“I think that is the scary part for everyone else is that Liverpool, this isn’t about today, they’re going to be in this for the long haul,” he added.
“They look like a team that is being built for the long-term.
“I think others teams, other owners, can take a lead off of what Liverpool have done. They’ve invested in their manager, they’ve invested in his ideas. He’s been allowed to implement them over time.
“He didn’t have success immediately, but you’re seeing it bears fruit four or five years on now from the beginnings of that.
“He was given time and the resources and now the trophies are coming.”