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.
Chirivella just couldn't hack it today, was so out of depth
— Abrar ☭ (@AbrarPlayDirty) May 1, 2016
What we learned first half: Chirivella definitely not ready for first team football yet. Stewart probably never will be.Great atmosphere tho
— ⚽Sam Evans⚽ (@Samboevans) May 1, 2016
I'm all for giving youth a chance to shine, but Pedro Chirivella is horribly out of his depth here vs Swansea. Painful to watch. #LFC
— Tom Harrod (@tomharrod) May 1, 2016
I get rotating and I get that Thursday is more important, but that Stewart/Chirivella midfield should never see the light of day.
— I am Quäid (@alexcohen912) May 1, 2016
Lucas has vastly improved the midfield in 6 basic passes. Chirivella was frighteningly bad.
— Jonny Welsh (@johnnycw1) May 1, 2016
I'm all for Chirivella getting a chance but I really don't think this game or this XI was the right time.
— The Anfield Chat (@TheAnfieldChat) May 1, 2016
Don't think Chirivella will be playing under Klopp or even in a #LFC jersey for a while
— Alan Gunn (@AlanGunn2429) May 1, 2016
Chirivella is up there with the worst players I've seen in the premier league!
— Lee Markham (@LeeMarkham22) May 1, 2016
So, what was the reaction to Chirivella’s substitution at half-time?
Thank god Chirivella is off
— Dion ❄ (@ItsDionEK) May 1, 2016
In other Liverpool news, one youngster not involved in the Swansea match has been likened to Dele Alli.