Harvey Elliott and others send Instagram messages to 'slow' Liverpool midfielder
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Harvey Elliott and others send Instagram messages to Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella

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.

Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella (R) vies for the ball against Shrewsbury Town’s Welsh midfielder David Edwards (C) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium in Shrewsbury, north-west of Birmingham in England on January 26, 2020. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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