Real Madrid and co. 'will be laughing at Liverpool' at the business end of the Champions League, says Roy Keane


Roy Keane has delivered a brutal assessment to Liverpool and their Champions League ambitions.

The Manchester United legend concedes Jurgen Klopp’s side has the quality to mix it in the Champions League, but come the business end of the competition – if they make it that far – he reckons they’ll struggle.

Even more, he says they could be a laughing stock.

Liverpool fought out a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in their opening match back among Europe’s elite and paid dearly for a missed Roberto Firmino penalty.

They paid an even more costly price for defensive blemishes that led to both Sevilla goals – the fifth minute opener from Ben Yedder and 72nd minute equaliser from Joaquin Correa.

Liverpool paid for their slip-ups on Wednesday night

Firmino misses a costly penalty

“It’s the easiest part of football: switching on,” Keane said on ITV’s Champions League highlights show.

“Liverpool do the hard things really well in terms of creating chances, pace, power and a bit of quality going forward.

“But that is the easiest part of football, yet Liverpool cannot seem to do it.

“Win the league and Champions League? No. Forget about it.

Roy Keane’s words won’t make Reds fans happy

Joaquin Correa celebrates scoring their equaliser

“I think they have enough to get through the group but later on against Real Madrid and all the big boys, they’ll be laughing at Liverpool.”

After the shock opener early on, the Reds worked their way back into the game and leveled through Roberto Firmino before Mo Salah’s hugely deflected strike put them up 2-1.

Firmino’s missed penalty for 3-1 came on the stroke of half-time. Liverpool player ratings from 2-2 draw against Sevilla as Reds let lead slip on return to Champions League



When Correa danced through the Reds defence for the leveler, with a slick first touch with the ball behind him and an emphatic finish, Liverpool were spectators.

Keane’s appraisal was brutal: “This sums up Liverpool in a nutshell and why they are not going to win any big prizes: the switching off from a throw-in and it leads to an equaliser in such an important game.

“Experienced players just switching off.

“They must drive the manager crazy because that is schoolboy defending – from a throw-in!”

Klopp himself was involved in a furious touchline bust-up as Liverpool made a frustrating return to Europe’s elite.

Klopp reacts to Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo

Berizzo confronts the fourth official

A member of Sevilla’s coaching staff had to be restrained as he tried to confront Klopp at the final whistle.

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo was sent off on the hour for throwing the ball away, while Liverpool’s Joe Gomez also saw red late on as tempers boiled over.

Klopp was initially angry at the final whistle but later played down the incident, revealing he was invited into the Sevilla dressing-room to make peace with the visitors.

“It’s all fine,” said Klopp. “I thought they might have been responsible for the red card.

The arguments continue down the tunnel

Berizzo is sent to the stands

“But I don’t think I had a percentage of influence on his position, to be honest.

“I was not happy with him throwing the ball away, but we’re fine.

“He invited me into the dressing-room and we spoke about it.

“But in this situation I was not exceptionally emotional. It was an offensive situation for us, taking a throw-in, and somebody threw the ball away. But I didn’t send him to the stand.”

Berizzo claimed he threw the ball away when his side were trailing 2-1 to make up for doing the same when they led early on in the game.

Coutinho made a welcome return

“In the first half, when we were winning and Liverpool were on the counter-attack, I did something that wasn’t right, I threw the ball away to waste time,” said Berizzo.

“I realised that was a mistake and in the second half, when the ball came to me and we were losing, I decided to throw it away to try and make up for what I did in the first half.

Philippe Coutinho, who failed to force through a move to Barcelona, made his comeback and received a warm reception when he came on with 15 minutes left.

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