Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Liverpool after the Anfield club qualified for the Champions League final on Wednesday night by overcoming Serie A side Roma 7-6 on aggregate.
The 39-year-old admitted that reaching the final of Europe’s most prestigious cup competition is a huge achievement and he also paid tribute to the style of play that Jurgen Klopp has implemented since taking over as the Reds’ boss.
While Ferdinand conceded that Liverpool’s opponents Real Madrid will be favourites to lift the Champions League trophy in Kiev next month, he also feels that if Cristiano Ronaldo and co. are in any way complacent going into the final they may well be made to pay by Klopp’s vibrant young side.
“This is a great achievement. It’s a very inexperienced squad that they’ve assembled and they’ve managed to get this far,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“This is very much down to Klopp and his recruitment and the way he’s got these guys believing in the way he wants to play. The brand of football they’re playing is so exciting to watch.
“It’s great to see but as a Manchester United fan and ex-Man United player, it’s frightening because this could be the start of something special.
“Real Madrid, they’ll be sitting there and going ‘Woah, we have to be on it.’
“If they’re not on it fully and they’re going to be complacent because they’re the favourites – because history suggests they should be favourites – they could come unstuck.”