Report: Klopp to axe Liverpool player for Burnley clash, duo set for comebacks
By Alex Stevens
Alberto Moreno is set to be axed for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Burnley on Saturday, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the left-back will be omitted following his wretched display in the team’s thrilling 4-3 opening weekend win at Arsenal.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is set to pick fit-again James Milner for the match and shoehorn the utility man into the troublesome position on the left side of the defence.
Daniel Sturridge is also in contention to face Burnley after Klopp decided not to risk the injury-plagued striker against the Gunners following his recent hip problem.
Left-back remains an area of concern for Klopp after Moreno’s error-strewn performance at Emirates Stadium in which he recklessly conceded a penalty when he upended Theo Walcott and was caught out of position for Arsenal’s opening goal, which was emphatically finished by the right-sided forward.
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The Echo claim Klopp views versatile midfielder Milner as the ideal alternative to Moreno at left-back and has no plans to buy another full-back before the window shuts.
Milner was picked ahead of Moreno for a number of pre-season matches, including the emphatic win over Barcelona during which he suffered the heel injury that kept him out of the Arsenal match.
It emerged on last month’s tour of America that Klopp was prepared to play Milner at left-back rather than dip into the transfer market.
The pair talked about it at length at the club’s Palo Alto training base with Milner ready to accept the challenge.
“We had a conversation about it and I told him it’s not my favourite position and not one I particularly like playing, but he’s the manager and if he wants me to play there, I’ll play there,” Milner said to the Echo.
“I don’t like playing there but I will give you the best that I can and if that’s needed I will play there.
“The team comes first, always has, always will. Throughout my career you have to play in different positions. I’m probably a good player for a manager to have because I fill in in a number of positions.”
In other Liverpool team news, Everton have been installed as favourites to land an Anfield attacker.