By Merseyside correspondent Coral Barry
Alberto Moreno has revealed that he was left in a rage by Brendan Rodgers’ mixed messages earlier in the season.
The Spanish left-back was dropped in favour of Joe Gomez, a right-footed central defender, at the start of the campaign but has caught the eye since Jurgen Klopp was appointed.
“I perhaps felt that he (Rodgers) didn’t have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season,” said Moreno, who cost Liverpool £12million when arrived from Sevilla last summer. “He told me I was training hard but then I didn’t start for those first five or six games.
“He said to me that it was still early in the season and that my opportunity would come but after the first game against Stoke, when we kept a clean sheet, he said he wasn’t going to change anything defensively at that point. But he did say the chance would come.
“But I had this inner anger, a rage almost. I felt I was playing well, training well. He told me that I was training well. But I couldn’t see why I wasn’t getting a chance.”
It was speculated in the final days of the summer window that Moreno might return to Spain – particularly when he was overlooked in favour of Gomez – but the 23-year-old insists that was never an option.
“I am staying here, that’s for sure,” said Moreno. “That is one thing. But it is true that I was out of the team. I was angry. It never entered my head that I was going to leave. I want to stay forever.”