'Drives me mad' – Redknapp slams 'frustrating' £5.7m-a-year Everton player after 0-0 v Liverpool
Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils in a really disappointing 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.
Liverpool dominated the possession for the majority of the game, but couldn’t score, with star attackers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino missing.
But, in the end, Everton could have won it and enjoyed a brilliant last 15 minutes where they spurned a number of chances.
Talking on Sky Sport’s live broadcast of the show (Sky Sports Main Event, 12.30pm Saturday), Redknapp highlighted this and wondered why Everton didn’t put that sort of pressure on before.
He said that it’s not the manager but the players that have to take the blame and highlighted Theo Walcott as the prime example.
Walcott, who signed from Arsenal in January on reported wages of £110k-a-week, didn’t take the chance to run at Ragnar Klavan, the stand-in Liverpool left-back who normally plays in the centre.
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And Redknapp said it left him frustrated at the talented but under-delivering attacker.
“Walcott, it wasn’t until the 84th minute when he decided to run at his man and that drives me mad.
“The crowd wants to see their players have a go and the last 15 minutes were fantastic.
“The amount of times he could have made an angle and had one-one-ons, but he tried little balls that didn’t come off and it was really frustrating to watch.”
Football Insider verdict:
Walcott driving spectators made and leaving them frustrated? Surely not! Although, in all seriousness, Redknapp has a point. We think Allardyce does have to take some of the blame though. He’ll give the instructions to the players and, as usual, it looked like they’d been set up not to lose. That changed towards the end when they smelt blood and they really should have buried one of the chances that fell to them. Walcott flattered to deceive again and he must start paying back his huge transfer fee and wages before he loses the fans.