“We don’t need the second yet!”

19 minutes have gone at Anfield and, with Barcelona briefly finding Liverpool’s back door ajar, Steve McManaman’s nerves are already frayed beyond repair. This latest snippet of instinctive, counter-intuitive, commentary-box McManamania takes some serious picking apart – a distant cousin of the affected pessimism device that is “we’ve scored too early”, perhaps – but it captured perfectly the state of a heavily-invested man’s footballing mind.

The evolution of Champions League broadcasting in this country is a reasonably smooth three-parter. First, there was ITV – Brian Moore growling about Ryan Giggs “rrrrrrunning up the wing here”, greeting every Manchester United…



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