English Premiership

Klopp will make his own call on Moreno

2016-08-18 19:21
Alberto Moreno (TEAMtalk)

London - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted the torrent of criticism pouring down on Alberto Moreno will not affect his judgement of the Reds left-back.

The Spanish defender was widely regarded to have had a poor game during Liverpool's Europa League final defeat by Sevilla and came under fire agin following last weekend's 4-3 win over Arsenal, where he conceded a penalty and was out of position for the Gunners' first goal.

Gary Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender, who was a member of Roy Hodgson's coaching staff as England made an early exit from Euro 2016, labelled Moreno's tackle on Theo Walcott which led to the penalty as "absolute garbage".

"You might as well start a goal down with Moreno at left-back," said Neville.

The BBC's Garth Crooks, a former Tottenham Hotspur striker, went even further in suggesting Liverpool could be relegated with the 24-year-old Moreno in their team.

However, Klopp said Thursday: "Are we doing this every time someone's performance isn't very good then we talk about it in a press conference?"

"Alberto could have done better but I don't really understand what we are talking about.

"I cannot be interested in criticism from other people. He played, so there was a reason for it -- that is what I think about and not what other people want me to think."

The German boss added: "Maybe I should read more newspapers but I have no idea what we are talking about. The world is not satisfied with our left-back?

"Football is a game you cannot play without making mistakes.

"Ask goalkeepers and central defenders; when they make a mistake it often leads to a goal, but they have to carry on and we do too in the work we do."

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