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Liverpool CANNOT repeat what Man United did with Jurgen Klopp gone, says Jamie Carragher



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Jamie Carragher has pleaded with Liverpool not to make a mistake Manchester United once made as they prepare for life without Jurgen Klopp.

At this moment in time, Liverpool find themselves in a similar situation to where Manchester United were in the summer of 2013 after Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club following 26 years as manager at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp has just left Anfield after nine years, and the Merseyside outfit will now have to completely restructure following his departure. The entire club had been built around Klopp, much like United was built around Ferguson.

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When Sir Alex left, United fell apart, finishing seventh in the league table. The following 11 years have been turbulent, with the owners making ineffective transfer decisions—something former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has explained his ex-club must avoid.

“Manchester United went from first to seventh when Alex Ferguson left,” Carragher told the Metro.

“Liverpool just finished third, so I don’t think we are going to drop to 10th. I expect us to be competitive as long as we have a good summer transfer window. We have people behind the scenes.”

One Ferguson departed, fellow Scotsman David Moyes picked up the reigns, and in his first (and only) summer in charge, he made just one signing – Marouane Fellaini for £27 million from Everton on deadline day.

“I don’t think they had that structure at Man United when Ferguson left,” Carragher continued. “It was the same with Wenger. They were old-fashioned football managers who ran everything, and those days have gone.

“The reason those days are gone is because when a figure like that – or any manager, in fact – moves on, you almost have to start again. I don’t think any manager wants that. I think the fact Arne Slot will be a head coach rather than a manager is pretty telling.

“I don’t see Liverpool having as big a drop-off as Man United and Arsenal. There might be a drop-off because Jurgen Klopp is a great football manager, but I still expect Liverpool to compete for all honours, including the Champions League.”