Paul Merson says the changing fortunes of Liverpool and Manchester United in the last seven years has really surprised him. The TV pundit believes the transformation of the two clubs since the departure of Alex Ferguson as manager is hard to believe:
“You look at the twist with where Liverpool are to where Manchester United are compared to where Liverpool were six or seven years ago, and you say how did it get like this? How?”
“Liverpool have rebuilt, built a special team and United have gone the other way. I just don’t know what’s happened, I really don’t. It’s mindblowing, it’s scary.”
Credit has to be given to Liverpool in their ability to plan for the long term. FSG made a lot of mistakes after taking over the club, but since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp four years ago, the Reds have established themselves close to the top of English football.
In contrast, United have moved from crisis to crisis, chopping and changing managers without any real plan for the future. It is still incredible that Liverpool are already 15 points ahead after eight games played but it sums up the chasm between the two sides currently.
United will certainly try to make it a difficult afternoon for the Merseysiders when the Reds travel to Manchester after the international break, but it is clear the away side will go into the match as favourites.