SIR ALEX FERGUSON is relieved that he retired when he did after watching Liverpool over the past two seasons.
The 79-year-old won the Premier League a record 13 times while in charge of Manchester United from 1986 until 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson held the top position at Old Trafford for over 26 years Credit: Getty Images – Getty
But even the most successful manager in British football history would be wary of taking on Jurgen Klopp’s current side.
Speaking during a virtual charity night for The Alzheimer’s Society, Fergie described the Reds as ‘phenomenal’.
He said: “United against Liverpool is the game of the season – the most successful sides in the country.
“I had to build a club not just a team to surpass them.
“Thank goodness I’ve retired, because when I see Liverpool’s performances over the last two seasons – phenomenal”
Klopp’s side finally ended their 30-year wait to win a league title last season after securing 99 points.
The Merseyside club are second in the table this term with 33 points from 17 games.
But they will go level on points with league leaders United if they beat them on Sunday.
Liverpool won the Premier League title last season with 99 points Credit: AFP or licensors
Ahead of the showdown with Liverpool, the Old Trafford boss said: “We’re looking forward to it. We enjoy being where we are at any time, if it’s the first game or last game, it’s a big difference.
“We go there knowing that we’re playing against the best team by a mile in the country for the last year-and-a-half. They’re champions by right.
“We’re looking forward to it and it’s a great test of where we’re at against a good team.
“We’re almost halfway through the season, so it’s a little bit of an indication of where we’re at but nobody will remember the league table from January 12.”
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Sir Alex Ferguson’s record in the Prem
- Matches: 810
- Wins: 528
- Draws: 168
- Losses: 114
- Goals for: 1,627
- Goals against: 703
- Manager of Month awards: 27
- Manager of Season awards: 11
- Titles: 13