Manchester United legend , Rio Ferdinand, praised two Liverpool defenders , namely Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate. He considered that both of them had successfully played a good role in the Reds’ defense – Liverpool’s nickname – when they met Inter Milan in the round of 16 of the 2021-2022 Champions League .
Rio Ferdinand said the 2-0 win over Inter Milan was a positive thing for Liverpool. He highlighted the performance of the two Reds defenders, who were considered the key to the team’s victory. Moreover, Liverpool managed to not concede a goal against Inter Milan.
“I think 2-0 might be the time to flatter them. But the foundation of most away appearances in this Champions League stage is good defense and today it was for Liverpool,” said Rio Ferdinand.
The former England international said Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate played extraordinary.
Rio Ferdinand explained, both of them showed experience, and could take advantage of the opportunities they got when assisting the attack.
“Those two centre-backs (Virgil and Konate) are incredible, Fabinho can balance the midfield too.” he said.
“They have a ‘spell‘ throughout the game, their experience is very visible to help the flow of the ball. They can also see gaps to maximize the opportunities they get,” said the 43-year-old man.
As is known, Liverpool won 2-0 over Inter Milan in the first leg of the 2021-2022 Champions League last 16, Thursday (17/2/2022) early morning WIB. Two of the Reds’ own goals were scored by Roberto Firmino in the 75th minute and Mohamed Salah added it in the 83rd minute.
The two teams will meet again in the second leg of the 2021-2022 Champions League last 16 on March 9. Liverpool will act as host at Anfield Stadium.