Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant was removed by Sky Sports during an ad break after slurring on-air and not reaching the company’s ‘standards’.
Rival fans often accuse the media of having too many Liverpool players as pundits and analysts. Well there is one less today after Sky Sports decided to remove ex-Red Jermaine Pennant from their broadcast.
He was a guest analyst on Sky Sports News discussing potential transfers but was slurring and giving ‘unclear answers’ according to the Mirror.
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Producers clearly noticed something was up and he was removed in an ad break and replaced by regular transfer segment presenter David Reed.
Sky Sports released a statement saying:
“A decision by our production team was made to take Jermaine off the programme before its conclusion because his performance on-air failed to meet our production standards.”
The winger came to Anfield in 2006 and was a first team regular on the right side of attack and performed well in the Champions League final loss to AC Milan in 2007. When the club bought Fernando Torres in that summer, Dirk Kuyt was shifted to the right-wing and Pennant lost his place in the side.
He only made 29 appearances after that across two seasons before being sold to Real Zaragoza after a loan stint at Portsmouth. He only scored three goals for the Reds.
Liverpool are preparing for their FA Cup fourth round clash with Shrewsbury on Sunday and the game will likely be an opportunity to see some of the younger players again plus those who are returning from injury.