Red alert: Moreno faces growing competition for his place next season

By Emma Sanders

Emre Can has come to the defence of Alberto Moreno, claiming the out-of-favour left-back performed well against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Moreno has been sidelined for the majority of this season after Jurgen Klopp dropped the defender in favour of James Milner.

Milner has adopted the left-back role since Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham in August, after a string of poor performances led to Moreno being dropped.

However, the young Spaniard returned to the starting line-up during Liverpool’s 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace due to Milner’s absence through illness, and Can believes he answered his critics with a great performance.

“You can see we have a very strong squad. Alberto [Moreno] did very well. He is a good player,” said Can, as reported by ESPN.

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“He played with confidence, that is what we need. He did his job very well. It is always difficult to play against Crystal Palace, but we did very well in the first half. You have to win these kinds of games.”

Can and Milner are both fighting for a place in Klopp’s starting XI this season after Giorginio Wijnaldum’s arrival has kept the young German out of the side.

He scored Liverpool’s opening goal, assisted by Moreno after fifteen minutes on Saturday, but only the former is likely to challenge to a starting place in Liverpool’s next league fixture against Watford.

Moreno has notched up just four starts in all competitions this season and has made just five league appearances, three of those coming on as a substitute.

In other Liverpool news, two of the Reds goal-scorers created history on Saturday after breaking 48 year record.