Alan Kennedy gives his verdict on Alberto Moreno
By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool left-back Alan Kennedy has slammed “reckless” Alberto Moreno and urged him to improve the defensive side of his game.
Kennedy ran the rule over Moreno after he suffered a torrid time in Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Arsenal.
The Spanish defender gave away a penalty in the first half after being caught out of position before recklessly upending Gunners’ forward Theo Walcott.
The 24-year-old was then caught out of position in the build-up to the opening goal that was emphatically finished minutes later by Walcott.
Kennedy played for the Reds for eight years between 1978 and 1986 and he has highlighted the areas where Moreno needs to improve.
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“My main priority, and I think it should apply to everybody, was not to concede any goals — certainly as a defender — and to help other players in your team as well,” said Kennedy to ESPN.
“I knew my job, it was drilled into me by the manager. I was told how to play, what to do and how to support.
“My job was to support play, that’s the key to it. We weren’t there to score goals, although I did on a few occasions.
“My job was to support the midfield and, of course, to collaborate with my defensive partner, which was Alan Hansen at that particular time. Every player at this level at the moment has a job to do.
“I do feel for Moreno at times and I think it goes back to a time a few years ago when he was used more as a wing-back than a full-back. Maybe that’s slightly tripped him a little way.
“He gets slightly caught out of position and what you have got to do is be on your toes all the time and sometimes maybe a lapse in concentration means that you don’t do the job you set out to do.
“The penalty was something where you’ve got to stay on your feet. You can’t afford to go to ground and give away reckless tackles like that.”
Moreno has built up a reputation for being better at going forward rather than defending and bore the brunt of supporters’ dissatisfaction following the Reds’ 3-1 defeat against Sevilla in last campaign’s Europa League final.
The full-back joined Liverpool in 2014 from Sevilla and has played in 91 fixtures for the Reds in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp has so far persisted with the Spaniard, but he was reportedly linked with Leicester’s young full-back Ben Chilwell earlier in the summer.
In other Liverpool team news, Garth Crooks has selected Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane in his team of the week.