Liverpool legend Terry McDermott suggests Reds DO NOT need to win a trophy this season to make their supporters proud

4 May

Terry McDermott believes Liverpool do not necessarily need to win a trophy this season to make their supporters proud.

The Reds have had a superb season, amassing their highest points total in Premier League history with two matches still to play, while also making it to the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool are in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League this season

However, there’s a real danger the club will not add to their silverware this campaign as the title race is still in Manchester City’s hands and a 3-0 defeat in their first leg against Barcelona leaves Liverpool with a mountain to climb at Anfield.

Failure to win a trophy could lead to questions surrounding manager Jurgen Klopp’s future given the club spent over £170million on recruiting new players last summer.

They will be out of the title race by the end of the weekend should they lose to Newcastle on Saturday night and City beat Leicester on Monday.

But McDermott, who won 16 trophies at Anfield as a player including five First Division titles and three European Cups, suggested that Liverpool fans are proud of how they’ve done this season regardless of whether they win anything or not.

McDermott believes Liverpool have already had a successful season

Speaking to Georgie Bingham and Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, McDermott, who also played for Newcastle said: “I’ve been to all the [Liverpool] home games and it’s a pleasure to watch them every week.

“They’ve been fantastic most games.

“If they don’t come away with anything then yes we’ll be disappointed but we’re just proud to see the club playing like that, seeing them play the football that they play.

“The players that they’ve got, they’ll always have a chance to score goals. Mane, Firmino and Salah you’re going to score goals.”

McDermott (right) won the European Cup three times with Liverpool and doesn’t think his old club should be written off just yet

As well as their chances of winning the league, Liverpool’s Champions League hopes look pretty perilous following their heavy defeat at the Nou Camp.

McDermott voiced his dissatisfaction at the way former Barcelona and Everton striker Gary Lineker celebrated Lionel Messi’s second goal but then said Liverpool should not be written off just yet.

He added: “It’s disappointing because they didn’t deserve to be beaten anyway and I thought they played brilliantly on the night.

“Never scored which is unusual but if they can do that performance at Anfield you never know.

“I’m not going to say they’re going to win it but they’ve got a chance.”

Listen to the full interview with Terry McDermott on Weekend Sports Breakfast above!

Liverpool legend Terry McDermott slams Gary Lineker’s ‘harsh’ celebration over Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal against Reds

4 May

Liverpool legend has labelled Gary Lineker’s celebration over Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal against the Reds on Wednesday night.

Barcelona superstar Messi was in excellent form with a brace in their 3-0 triumph over Liverpool in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp.

Messi celebrates his second goal against Liverpool

Messi’s second strike, which also brought up goal No.600 in his Barca career, wowed all sorts of football fans, particularly Lineker.

Lineker has made it clear his huge admiration for the Argentine numerous times and he was filmed hardly able to contain his excitement when Messi fired the 30-yard free-kick beyond Alisson Becker.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans didn’t appreciate the strike as much as others because it left their team with a mountain to climb for the second leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Some Kopites have even signed a petition to give Messi a retrospective ban as replays suggest he was lucky to get the free-kick in the first place because he actually fouled Fabinho.

McDermott didn’t make any reference to whether it should have been a free-kick but got his reservations about Lineker’s antics off his chest when speaking to Georgie Bingham and Tony Cascarino on Weekend Sports Breakfast.

He said: “I tell you what was harsh, watching Gary Lineker jumping up and down when they [Barcelona] scored the third goal.

McDermott wasn’t impressed with the way Lineker celebrated Messi’s goal
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“I thought that was a bit poor really.
“He’s normally a nice fella but he got a bit carried away there. I can understand with Rio [Ferdinand] because he’s ex-Manchester United but that’s the way it is.
The result leaves the Reds’ hopes of reaching a second successive Champions League final in tatters.

But McDermott believes it’s not over yet and claimed that if Liverpool can put in a good performance then ‘you never know’.

He added: “Ok they [Liverpool] didn’t score on Wednesday but I still honestly think if they can get a goal or two early on Tuesday then you just never know after that.
“It’s disappointing because they didn’t deserve to be beaten anyway and I thought they played brilliantly on the night.

“Never scored which is unusual but if they can do that performance at Anfield you never know.
“I’m not going to say they’re going to win it but they’ve got a chance.”

McDermott (right) won the European Cup three times with Liverpool and doesn’t think his old club should be written off just yet