By Aramide Oladipo
Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino has heaped heavy criticism on Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno for his performance in the team’s Champions League tie and branded him the “worst defensive left back in the Premier League”.
The Reds took one step closer to securing a place in the Champions League group stages with a 2-1 away victory against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.
Goals from Trent Alexandre-Arnold and James Milner put Liverpool in the driving seat but the back-four looked uncomfortable throughout the 90 minutes and Moreno, 25, struggled to deal with the attacking threat on his side.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino, who has a weekly slot on Sky Sports, delivered a damning verdict on the Spanish defender and stated that manager Jurgen Klopp should stop putting his faith in him.
“Moreno was obviously at fault for Liverpool before they conceded the early penalty, heading upfield to close down the opposition goalkeeper, which allowed Hoffenheim to attack down the right wing in space vacated by the Spaniard,” he wrote.
“He’s just too erratic and you can’t trust those players long term.
“He’s probably the worst defensive left back in the Premier League and it was no surprise that the Liverpool manager sent James Milner on to provide some protection down that flank.”
The Spaniard was also part of the Liverpool defensive line that conceded three goals in the opening league match against Watford on the weekend.
The Reds have not kept a clean sheet in a competitive match when Moreno has started since the FA Cup 0-0 stalemate against lower-league side Plymouth Argyle at Anfield last season.
The full-back could potentially feature in the starting lineup when Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Merseyside on Saturday afternoon.
Moreno has made over 100 appearances for Liverpool since his permanent move in 2014.