McManaman unimpressed by “toothless” Reds

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ROME, ITALY - MAY 02: Former Liverpool player and BT Sport pundit, Steve McManaman speaks during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has expressed his disappointment with Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi as he called the Reds “toothless”.


The attacking duo were introduced by manager Jurgen Klopp as his side chased the game in the 2-0 loss against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League group stage match.

But neither could make any impact as the German’s side failed to create clear cut chances in the second half of the surprise loss to the Serbian title holders.

And McManaman, who won the competition with Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2000 and 2002, was not happy with the way the duo played in the game.

“I also thought Liverpool would create far more chances, and good chances at that.” he told BT Sport.


“They were pretty toothless tonight. We don’t normally say that about them.

“Tonight they had a couple of chances on target but very little.

“Even their substitutes didn’t do anything.

“Firmino, Origi didn’t have an impact on the game. Very disappointing.” he finished.

Firmino was introduced at half-time in place of Daniel Sturridge, who missed a golden chance to put Liverpool ahead in the first-half, while Origi replaced Adam Lallana later on.


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