By Coral Barry
Rio Ferdinand has slammed Alberto Moreno for failing to close Ramires down before the Brazilian scored Chelsea’s opening goal in the showdown at Stamford Bridge.
Ramires put Chelsea ahead in their lunchtime Premier League clash against Liverpool after three minutes with a header before Philippe Coutinho drew Liverpool level with a superb goal in first-half injury time.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand blamed Moreno for Ramires’ goal just 48 hours after the left-back had spoken of his “anger” at being overlooked by former manager Brendan Rodgers at the start of the season.
“You can’t speak out on a Friday in the papers and then defend like this,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He has seen Ramires come, he has looked at him twice and doesn’t even attempt to go near the ball. He looks like someone to me who doesn’t want to be a defender.”
Fellow BT pundit Steve McManaman added: “He looks like a statue there”.
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.”