Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he believes Alberto Moreno’s concentration levels dropped and affected his performance because there was a lot of people he knew at Sevilla saying “hello.”
In an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the Reds playing Chelsea, the German manager insisted the defender wasn’t to blame for Liverpool only getting a 3-3 draw with Sevilla, even if he gave away the free-kick and penalty that led to goals.
While defending the left-back from his critics, the manager stated that he believes Moreno’s concentration “dropped one, two, three per cent” as there were “lot of people over there he knows, saying ‘hello’.”
The 25-year-old rose through the youth system at Sevilla, eventually featuring for their senior side, before moving to Liverpool in 2014.
Ahead of the Spanish international being hammered with criticism for his performance against Sevilla, many were praising the defender for his performances this season.
Last season, the defender hardly played a game, with midfielder James Milner being chosen to be the number one choice for left-back.
An exit for Moreno looked likely, after Andy Robertson was signed from Hull in the summer, but impressive performances so far this season have seen Moreno once again become the number one choice at left-back.
The 25-year-old has made 17 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this season, registering three assists in the process.
In the same interview, Klopp revealed he had 100% trust in the defender despite his display against Sevilla, making it look like the left-back would keep his place in the team for Saturday’s game against Chelsea.
In other Liverpool news, here is the expected team to face Chelsea on Saturday featuring three changes from the Sevilla game.