Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has revealed he was left 'angry' and with an 'inner rage' by former boss Brendan Rodgers for leaving him on the bench.
The Spanish defender also insisted he has already struck up a rapport with Rodgers' replacement Jurgen Klopp.
Moreno joined Liverpool from Sevilla for around £12 million last year, but was left out of the Reds' opening games of the new season under Rodgers. Now he's been reinstated to the first team under Klopp, and while he was rested for the Capital One Cup win against Bournemouth the 23-year-old is expected to start against Chelsea this weekend.
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Although Moreno insists he never contemplated leaving Liverpool, he did concede that his relationship with Rodgers became strained when he was left on the bench.
“I do feel he [Klopp] trusts me, he spends a lot of time with me," Moreno told the Liverpool Echo. "The fact he has spent so much time with me, I think, shows up in good performances on the field.
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“I perhaps felt that Brendan didn’t have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season. He told me I was training hard but then I didn’t feature for those first five or six games.
“He said to me that it was still early in the season and that my opportunity would come but after the first game against Stoke, when we kept a clean sheet, he said he wasn’t going to change anything defensively at that point.
“It is true that when I was out of the team I was angry. It never entered my head that I was going to leave as I want to stay forever, but I had this inner anger, a rage almost. I felt I was playing well, training well. He told me that I was training well. But I couldn’t see why I wasn’t getting a chance at the beginning.”
Liverpool picked up their first win under Klopp against Bournemouth, and will be gunning for their first league victory against a struggling Chelsea side following two draws against Southampton and Tottenham under the German boss.
Moreno did admit that Klopp wasn't entirely happy with his efforts so far - because he wants the Spaniard to learn English more quickly.
“The manager has a huge passion for the game which I think I do. He wants you to express yourself on the field. He wants you to offer not 100% but 200% when you are performing and I think I offer that. It fits in with me.
“He really wants me to learn English as quickly as possible so he can get his ideas over. I have to brush up on my English. Through Lucas, he tells me to get forward, to be attack-minded. When I am defending, he tells me to be aggressive and stay tight to the person that I am marking. When I am going forward, not to be scared or play with tension and to be relaxed in possession of the ball.”