Pundit: Jurgen Klopp replicating Sir Alex Ferguson’s success at Liverpool FC

Lee Sharpe can see similarities between the current Liverpool FC team and Sir Alex Ferguson's great Manchester United sides

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Jurgen Klopp has a built a Liverpool FC team that is not too dissimilar from Sir Alex Ferguson’s great Manchester United sides, according to former Red Devil Lee Sharpe.

The Reds are sitting in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind current leaders Manchester City with three games left to play.

Liverpool FC were 2-0 winners against Cardiff City in their last Premier League game to extend their winning run to six games in the English top flight.

The Merseyside outfit have only lost one Premier League game this season, a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City at The Etihad back in January.

However, Liverpool FC are still trailing the defending Premier League champions after Manchester City were 2-0 winners at Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Klopp’s side have thrilled with their attacking football over the past two or three seasons, but Liverpool FC have added a defensive steel to their game this term.

Former Manchester United midfielder Sharpe believes Klopp has built a Liverpool FC team full of pace like Ferguson did successfully at Old Trafford.

“Manchester United are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place as they helplessly sit and watch their rivals Liverpool and Manchester City light up the Premier League,” Sharpe told Sporting Bet.

“The two teams have been brilliant this year and they’re performing at a completely different level.

“They have set the standard that Manchester United need to aspire to get back to while playing the style of attacking football that is becoming a distant memory for their fans.

“I see some resemblance between the squad that Klopp is building at Liverpool and what Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides were famous for at Manchester United.

“Liverpool have unbelievable pace that is built for hitting teams on the counter.

“As well as a very strong spine that will outpower the vast majority of teams while still maintaining control in midfield.

“Sir Alex Ferguson knew that defences and goalkeepers decide who win the Premier League and Klopp addressed both those issues with world record fees on [Virgil] van Dijk and Alisson.

“Those two will be every bit as responsible for winning the Premier League as Mane and Salah.”

Liverpool FC will take on La Liga giants FC Barcelona for a place in the Champions League final this season.

The Reds will welcome Huddersfield Town to Anfield in the Premier League on Friday night.

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