By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp hauled Pedro Chirivella off just 45 minutes into his full Premier League match against Swansea – and Liverpool supporters were quick to point the finger at their German manager.
The 18-year-old was glaringly out of his depth in Liverpool’s midfield alongside fellow academy graduate Kevin Stewart and really Klopp’s decision to replace him with Lucas Leiva at half-time was a mercy for the youngster.
Chirivella has long been tipped as the next big thing at Liverpool, but it was a torrid afternoon for the young midfielder, as he was overrun by the Swansea midfield and continually gave the ball away.
Liverpool supporters were spilt about whether to blame Chirivella or his lethargic teammates for his performance, but there is one thing every Reds fan could agree on.
Chirivella should never have been on the pitch in the first place.
So, what was the reaction to Chirivella’s substitution at half-time?
In other Liverpool news, one youngster not involved in the Swansea match has been likened to Dele Alli.