By Matt Bullin
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his verdict on Alberto Moreno’s horror miss in his side’s 1-0 win over West Brom.
Roberto Firmino scored the only goal at The Hawthorns and Simon Mignolet made some crucial saves to secure all three points for the Reds.
However Moreno had a chance to wrap up the victory and score in injury time – with the goal at his mercy – but his effort from 40 yards drifted wide.
The goal was open as West Brom stopper Ben Foster had ventured up-field in search of a late equaliser, but the Spaniard opted to shoot instead of playing in Emre Can or Daniel Sturridge – with just one defender to beat.
The 24-year-old had only been substituted on a minute earlier as he replaced Philippe Coutinho.
Speaking to the Mail Online, Klopp refused to blame Moreno for the miss: “I talked to Alberto after the game about everyone thinking that he could have played in Daniel Sturridge, but I’m not sure that he knew that he could, because he would have been offside.
“He’s a good boy, I would have been happy for him if he’d scored this. But it was excitement until the end – pretty much always whenever we are involved.”
Moreno was making only his 10th Premier League appearance of the season, eight of which have been from the bench.
The three-time Spain international has struggled for game time this season as James Milner has been Klopp’s preferred left-back option.
The win lifts Liverpool to third, going above Man City by two points in the process, although Pep Guardiola’s side do have a game in hand.
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