Alberto Moreno won't be showing his face around Liverpool for a good while after his disastrous performance against Sevilla was roundly blasted by fans and pundits.
The Spanish full-back became the scapegoat as Jurgen Klopp's men succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final.
He was nutmegged in the build-up to Sevilla's equaliser and, after that, was found out of position on several occasions.
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Former Liverpool players Michael Owen and Steve McManaman were critical of Moreno's performance following the final whistle while Jamie Carragher aimed an expletive message at him on Twitter.
Critics were quick to point out that the 23-year-old may have been distracted by the fact that he was playing against his boyhood club, who he recently admitted he still avidly supported.
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Others, including Carragher, have called on Klopp to sign a new left-back in the summer transfer window, making sure that Wednesday's game was Moreno's last for the Reds.
Leaping to his defence
But Sevilla manager Unai Emery has defended Moreno, insisting that on the whole the defender has had a good season at Anfield and deserves more respect from his fans.
“Alberto Moreno is playing a great season for Liverpool,” Emery insisted, according to the Liverpool Echo.
“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.”
As previously mentioned, Moreno was the main target for disappointed Liverpool fans as they took to Twitter to express their feelings after the final whistle. Here is some of the best:
There had been some calls for Klopp to drop Moreno after the player admitted he would refuse to celebrate if he scored against Sevilla, even if it was a last-minute winner.
"Even if it was the winner, I wouldn't celebrate," he told Marca.
"Sevilla is my home, my city, I have friends and teammates there, it was the club that has made me a footballer. For many reasons, I could not and would not celebrate. It might even make me cry with joy and sadness at the same time.
"It's all going to be very weird."
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