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Alberto Moreno during the 2016 Europa League final against Sevilla.

Liverpool need to resolve Alberto Moreno issue

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Alberto Moreno, 23, joined Liverpool for £12 million in the summer of 2014, and has been in the centre of heavy criticism following Liverpool's 3-1 defeat in the Europa League final against Sevilla.

For the first goal, Moreno failed to tackle Sevilla's right back, Mariano, whose slick low ball into the box lead to the first of three second half goals for the La Liga side.

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Following that mistake, and many before that, Liverpool icons have stated their opinion on the left-back's inability to defend. Liverpool legend Steve McManaman, said that the tackle on Mariano was "atrocious".

However, even going back to Liverpool's 2-1 defeat against FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace, the Spaniard was criticised for what seemed to be one too many mistakes for the Liverpool fans, after failing to put in critical tackles and winning 50/50s.

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Despite being unable to defend, Moreno's ability to go forward, excluding the abysmal effort against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final, has been credited.

Moreno has managed to create 61 chances for the Reds, which makes him one of the best attacking defenders in the league. Due to stats like this, many fans think that he should be playing as a winger.

He's got pace and can close down players, which suits Jurgen Klopp's style, even the statistics show the case. However, with more competition and, with no disrespect, better players in the wide area for Liverpool, it would be hard for him to fully secure a place up-field.

Liverpool v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Final

With Philippe Coutinho's excellent dribbling, Roberto Firmino's statistics and Adam Lallana's unquestionable work rate, it would almost put him as the fourth option for that position.

The mistake that led to the goal for Villarreal in the Europa League semi final would also not go to his favour as it shows his inability to finish.

A case can be made for both arguments, it's inevitable, however, if he stays, he should be playing further up-field, rather than in the back-line. Statistics show he's better going forward.

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