Defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday night will have been a hard pill to swallow for Liverpool's players.
Having beaten Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal en route to Basel, the Reds appeared confident of ending their 11-year wait for European silverware.
However, despite taking a 1-0 lead, Jurgen Klopp's men surrendered their advantage to lose 3-1 and see the Europa League trophy head to Spain for a third-successive season.
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One player was particularly blamed for Liverpool’s second-half collapse, with Alberto Moreno the subject of much criticism in the aftermath.
And now, the Spaniard has shared his own thoughts on the clash with his former employers.
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Be warned, Liverpool fans, his comments might anger you.
“Congratulations to Sevilla,” he said, per the Mirror. “We played a good Europa League. We’ve had a good season, but have not been able to lift the trophy.
“We were better in the first half and had more chances. It’s true that they rolled over us in the second half.
“They came out flying and scored three times in 20 minutes. They were the better team. They deserved to win the trophy. We must lift our heads and think of next season.”
As if Moreno’s performance hadn’t frustrated Liverpool fans enough, the Spaniard has now congratulated his former side. A dignified comment it might be, but untimely it most certainly is.
Jamie Carragher was one of many to express his outrage at Moreno’s performance on Twitter, saying: “Jurgen Klopp, transfer committee, anyone sign a f**king left back."
The 23-year-old also discussed how it felt to play against Sevilla.
“It is very strange,” he continued. “It was a weird sensation.
"I spent 10 years there, and now in two years I am playing against them, against teammates and fans who you have supported all your life. It is strange.”
Fans will now be calling for the Europa League final to be Moreno’s last appearance in a Liverpool shirt amidst a dire need for change at Anfield.
The Reds have certainly improved under Klopp but inconsistency and poor defending continues to irk them.
Mario Gotze is a reported target of Liverpool’s yet their attack is strong enough as it is; instead, focus must be on reinforcing a defensive line that has shipped far too many goals because of mistakes.
Indeed, it was Moreno’s costly error that led to Sevilla’s equaliser in Basel and kickstarted the La Liga side’s comeback.
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