'Magnificent': BBC pundit loved what Melkamu Frauendorf did in the 59th minute tonight


'Magnificent': BBC pundit loved what Melkamu Frauendorf did in the 59th minute tonight

BBC pundit and former Red player Stephen Warnock loved one piece of skill from Liverpool’s Melkamu Frauendorf against Derby County. The winger produced a moment of quality.

Jurgen Klopp picked a number of youngsters to start for Liverpool against Derby County on Wednesday evening. We saw Calvin Ramsay, Stefan Bajcetic and Bobby Clark get their full debuts. Layton Stewart got his first appearance as a lone striker, too, while Melkamu Frauendorf got a start.

Frauendorf has played for Liverpool before, featuring in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury in 2021. This was a return, then, and one that proved hit-and-miss.

The German played from the right and struggled to get into the game. Liverpool’s entire attack struggled, admittedly – all the changes had a negative effect going forward.

Still, Frauendorf did manage to produce one moment of real quality in the 59th minute. Liverpool worked the ball well down the right flank and put the 18-year-old on the run against a full-back.

Frauendorf then whipped a cross in front of goal that Fabio Carvalho very nearly got his head on. Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock, doing punditry for the BBC, believes Carvalho should have converted it.

“Liverpool are just starting to find gaps now, good play from Frauendorf,” he said. “It’s a magnificent ball into the box and Fabio Carvalho should score. He should attack the ball better.

“It was like he was expecting a kick to the head.”

Liverpool’s Melkamu Frauendorf

It really was quality from Frauendorf – he just had the wrong player attacking it. But that largely shows the problem with using the kids all at once.

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If the teenager was whipping that ball into Darwin Nunez, for instance, he probably gets an assist that everyone’s talking about. Instead, he was trying on fellow-teenager Stewart or Carvalho to finish, with neither having the required quality in the air.

Frauendorf did all he could, then. He showed a glimpse of his quality and, hopefully, impressed Klopp with it. He’s got bags of talent and this was clear evidence of that.

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