By Alex Stevens
Alberto Moreno has claimed former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not trust him enough.
The Merseysiders’ left-back has been an integral member of the team that has defied the odds to reach the Europa League semi-finals and gradually improved in the Premier League.
This comes after the Spaniard began the season on the sidelines, when he was overlooked in favour of 18-year-old Joe Gomez.
The teenager started Liverpool’s first four league matches of the season in Moreno’s left-back slot even though his preferred position is at centre-back.
The former Seville star subsequently won back his place and has been a regular since Jurgen Klopp took the Anfield helm last October, which coincided with Gomez suffering a cruciate ligament injury that has sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at a media conference in his native Spain ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal, Moreno explained the turnaround in his career.
“It was hard at first with Brendan (Rodgers),” Moreno said, as quoted by the Mirror. “He didn’t seem to count on me much. I trained, I was 100% and didn’t play much.
“That’s now in the past. I’m working with Jurgen Klopp, he’s put his trust in me and now I’m in one of my best moments.”
The 23-year-old, who is in his second season at Liverpool since joining from Seville in the summer of 2014, has started 40 matches in all competitions for the Merseysiders this season, a record bettered only by Simon Mignolet (50) and the injured Emre Can (43).
He is keen to win his second Europa League title after tasting success in the competition with Seville two years ago.
“Silverware is best thing for any footballer,” said Moreno to the Mirror. “It was very special to win the Europa League in 2014 – my first year as a professional.
“I want to try and win the Europa League with Liverpool.”