Klopp gives verdict on under-fire Moreno, reveals talks have taken place
By Joe Nelson
Jurgen Klopp has protected under-fire Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, who has come in for criticism following his display at The Emirates last Sunday.
The 24-year-old Spaniard was singled out after his opening day performance at Arsenal, where he was dominated, especially in the first half, by Theo Walcott.
The wide forward escaped the defender’s clutches to win a penalty and emphatically converted a chance shortly after for the opening goal.
The Daily Mail criticised the defender saying, “His tackling is often rash and unnecessary, while his sense of positioning must improve drastically. Without question, he was the weakest link in Klopp’s side against Arsenal on Sunday.”
However, Klopp is showing no immediate signs of losing faith in Moreno even though it has emerged that James Milner is likely to start at left-back in Liverpool’s Premier League match at Burnley on Saturday.
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“If someone plays not too good then we talk about it,” Klopp said in his press conference on Thursday, as quoted by The Mirror.
“That’s cool. He was involved in a penalty situation, right? That’s something we spoke about. We’ve spoken about it.
“In my opinion, we could have avoided this situation and yes Alberto could have done better, that’s right. But I don’t understand what we are talking about.
“We are talking about Alberto Moreno because he didn’t defend so well against Arsenal? I don’t understand the conversation, maybe I should read more newspapers.
“The world is not satisfied with our left back or what?
“We do have a number of players in our squad who can play as a left full back but we are not blind. We know that if Alberto is injured we do not have a clear left back but we have other options,” Klopp added.
Liverpool take on Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend, as they look to build on an impressive opening day victory against Arsenal.