A lot has changed at Liverpool since Pedro Chirivella last featured under Jurgen Klopp in a competitive fixture.
It was May 2016 and The Reds were on their way to a 3-1 defeat to Swansea City.
Christian Benteke scored Liverpool’s only goal on a dark day in South Wales with Chirivella starting in midfield alongside Sheyi Ojo, Kevin Stewart and Jordon Ibe. Brad Smith, by the way, played at left-back. Shudder.
But three years and four months on, could the forgotten man of Anfield be about to make a shock return to Klopp’s plans?
According to Goal, Chirivella will be included in a youthful Liverpool squad for Wednesday night’s EFL Cup third round clash against MK Dons.
Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher are expected to make their first appearances for Klopp’s European champions and, at 22, the former Valencia and Spain youth star feels like a relative veteran in comparison.
Chirivella has spent time on loan in Holland with Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II since that mismatched side were battered and bruised at the Liberty Stadium during Klopp’s first season in charge. And, last season, a midfielder who joined during Brendan Rodgers’ reign was forced to settle for reserve team football with no one willing to take a chance on a player who appeared to have missed the boat on Merseyside a while ago.
So he’ll be desperate to put an end to three years in the shadows tonight.
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