Real Madrid Will Be Laughing At Liverpool Claims Pundit
Roy Keane believes that Europe’s big clubs will be laughing at Liverpool should the Reds make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League. The former Manchester United legend was speaking after the Merseyside club laboured to a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in their opening group match at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Liverpool committed basic defensive errors for Sevilla’s two goals: Ben Yedder’s fifth minute goal that opened the scoring and the 72nd-minute equaliser from Joaquin Correa. Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah put Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-1 ahead at the break. But they missed the chance to put clear water between themselves and their La Liga opponents when Firmino’s penalty kick hit the post three minutes before the interval. Joe Gomez was sent off in second-half injury time.
Afterwards, Keane was scathing in his assessment of Liverpool chances of winning the competition.
“It’s the easiest part of football: switching on,” Keane told ITV.
“Liverpool do the hard things really well in terms of creating chances, pace, power and a bit of quality going forward. That’s the easiest part of football, yet Liverpool cannot seem to do it.
“I think they have enough to get through the group but later on against Real Madrid and all the big boys, they’ll be laughing at Liverpool.”
The defending for Correa’s equaliser particularly infuriated Keane.
“This sums up Liverpool in a nutshell and why they are not going to win any big prizes: the switching off from a throw-in and it leads to an equaliser in such an important game. Experienced players just switching off.
“They must drive the manager crazy because that is schoolboy defending – from a throw-in!”
But there was one bright spot in what was a disappointing night for the Reds. Philippe Coutinho came on as a substitute 15 minutes from the end for his first appearance of the season following the saga of transfer interest from Barcelona. The Brazilian was given a warm welcome by Reds’ fans as he replaced Emre Can.
Liverpool win the Champions League? Forget about it says Roy Keane: pic.twitter.com/A4XUlmNUNE
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