Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella was one player in particular who would have left the New Meadow stadium on Sunday with his credibility intact following a 2-2 draw with League One outfit Shrewsbury Town – and his Reds teammate Harvey Elliott along with others have reacted to his Instagram post.
Chirivella, 22, was the Reds’ standout player in a dominant first-half performance that included an exquisite assist for Curtis Jones’ opening goal.
However, a lacklustre second-half showing – in particular from Liverpool’s senior players – saw the Reds surrender a two-goal lead in the second period as Jason Cummings came off the bench to earn the Shrews an Anfield replay.
According to the reports from the Times, Chirivella was a player who was identified by Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts as a potential weak link.
Speaking in regards to the former Valencia prospect, Ricketts said: “He takes too many touches all the time. He’s quite slow so that is someone we can really pinpoint and go for a little bit.”
Those words came back to haunt the Shrews’ head-coach after Chirivella carved open the hosts defence on numerous occasions as his array of passes proved a shining light on an otherwise dim performance from the Premier League leaders.
Following the stalemate, Chirivella took to Instagram to showcase his disappointment of the second-half capitulation but has backed his teammates to put it right in the replay at Anfield that is scheduled to take place on February 4/5.
The caption read: “Not at our best last night but still a game at Anfield to go through.
Thanks for the support.”
Chirivella is currently embarking on his fifth season as a Liverpool player despite not making a league appearance under Jurgen Klopp since 2016. The Spaniard is a hugely popular figure amongst the senior camp and even captained the Reds during their Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Aston Villa – his Instagram post earnt praise from fellow teammate Harvey Elliott as well as former Fulham midfielder Christopher David.