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Emery: Moreno better in attack

2016-05-20 08:07
Alberto Moreno (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Sevilla coach Unai Emery believes Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno would play better in attack, following their 3-1 win over the Reds in the Europa League final.

The Spain international endured a very difficult second half at St. Jakob-Park in Basel on Wednesday, and was responsible for his former side's equaliser moments after the break to cancel out a first-half strike from Daniel Sturridge.

However, Emery came to Moreno's defence, insisting that the 23-year-old has other qualities that have contributed to his successful campaign with Liverpool.

"Alberto Moreno is playing a great season for Liverpool," Emery told reporters. "And what I have seen is he is playing at a level that he can go back to the Spanish national team.

"I always see the glass half-full because he has a great offensive ability and I see him as a great offensive player rather than being a poor defender."

Emery also pointed to his decision to switch Coke from a defender to a threatening attacker with great success, as the Spaniard went on to score a match-winning brace against the English side.

"Everyone here, raise your hand if you haven't criticised [Sevilla right-back] Mariano and Coke swapping," he added.

"Thank God I don't listen or pay attention to what's said out of the club because otherwise I wouldn't have done it and eventually it worked out pretty well."

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