UCL: Rio Ferdinand names four ‘lieutenants’ in Liverpool squad after latest victory


Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has identified Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson as the four Liverpool ‘lieutenants’ that he believes will help Jurgen Klopp’s side guard against complacency in next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Villarreal.

Ferdinand said this after Liverpool defeated Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie on Wednesday night.

A Pervis Estupinan own goal and Sadio Mane’s strike ensured Liverpool overcame Villarreal at Anfield.

While the Premier League giants are now overwhelming favourites to progress to the Champions League final, they are not completely out of sight in the last-4 fixture.

“They have got to make sure that they fend off any type of complacency that could creep in,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“Yes, it is 2-0, but you still have an away tie, you have to go over there and give a professional performance.

“But the one thing that I will say about this team, is that they are a solid bunch, there is a togetherness there and they won’t allow [complacency].

“The two people in that interview [Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson] there are two people who are lieutenants I feel behind the scenes, along with Van Dijk, maybe Trent now as well, who will control that culture against complacency. That is the thing that can trip you up,” he said.

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