Plymouth earn a draw at Anfield
League 2 side Plymouth Argyle were probably just hoping to avoid a royal thrashing when they travelled 300 miles to Liverpool today.
The south-coast club travelled to Anfield today for the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and they were handed a boost when they saw the Liverpool team sheet.
Jurgen Klopp named the youngest side in the club’s history, with an average age of just 21.
Regular first teamers like Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson came out of the team, with a host of academy players taking their place.
That obviously blunted Liverpool’s attacking threat, and gave Plymouth a fighter’s chance, which they duly profited from by eking out a draw.
It means they’ll get the chance to host Liverpool in a replay, and fill their coffers with much-needed cash.
It was a historic result for little Plymouth, who as already highlighted, were on a mission to merely avoid a beating.
But ex-Liverpool man Steve McManaman wasn’t impressed in the BT Sport commentary box.
In remarks reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo on Iceland at Euro 2016, McManaman criticized Plymouth for their lack of ambition, seemingly ignorant of the fact that they were probably content with the draw in order to earn the replay.
Steve McManaman Plymouth have got there tactics horribly wrong here what is the criteria to become a BT pundit these days.
— stevie P (@steviep1979) January 8, 2017
Steve Mcmanaman tells his neighbours to turn the music down.
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman criticising Plymouth's tactics?
Did he expect a League 2 side to fly at Liverpool at Anfield?
Replays keep clubs going.
— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman disgusted that Plymouth didn't play a style that would have allowed them to lose the game and get comfortably battered
— Enda Higgins (@endahiggins88) January 8, 2017
Missed the end of the game. What did Steve McManaman have to say about Plymouth's game plan working to perfection…
— Rico (@ThatBoiRico) January 8, 2017
Awful game, great result. Let's just hope Steve Mcmanaman doesn't have to commentate on the replay! Patronising, biased and boring. #LIVARG
— pete brown (@petebrown_100) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman is completely bewildered as to why League 2 side Plymouth didn't go all out attack at Anfield. Astonishing punditry.
— MCFC (@Blue_MoonMCFC) January 8, 2017
Was Steve McManaman on Liverpool -2 or 3 can only be reason why he's wanting Plymouth to open up v Liverpool at Anfield absolute nugget.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman think Plymouth should have gone to Anfield and attacked, they're a League 2 team. What world is this bloke living in?
— Daniel Earley (@DanielEarley) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman seems to be criticising Plymouth for defending at a team three divisions above them.
Almost as if he's a Liverpool fan
— Proper Sport (@ProperSport) January 8, 2017
Steve McManaman showing ridiculous bias as he continues to slam Plymouth for being unwilling to have a go and lose by five or six goals!
— heardonbtsport (@heardonbtsport) January 8, 2017