It’s fair to say Alberto Moreno is becoming a bit of a scapegoat at Liverpool.
The Spanish left-back, who caused club legend Jamie Carragher to tweet “Jurgen, transfer committee, anyone sign a f***ing left-back,” after his performance in last season’s Europa League final, came under fire for his display against Arsenal last weekend.
Not only did Moreno concede a penalty for a wild tackle on Theo Walcott - which was ultimately missed - but he was caught out of position just minutes later for the Arsenal winger to make amends.
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Even before the 4-3 victory against the Gunners, Liverpool supporters were questioning why Klopp hadn’t moved to sign a left-back this summer, but afterwards, they were pretty furious with the fact that Moreno is the club’s only real left-back this season.
However, Klopp came to the defence of Moreno in a press conference yesterday, stating that it wasn’t his fault for Walcott’s goal and now the player himself has reacted to the criticism.
“I’ve got a lot of belief in myself and a lot of self-confidence. Football is all about opinion, not everyone watching a game can have the same opinion," he told Australian website The World Game.
“I realize you can get criticism positive and negative, there are thousands of fans and everyone likes to have their opinion. But it’s not about taking notice whether three or four people criticize a performance, whether it’s me or any of the players.
“It’s better not to read the press, whether it’s negative criticism or positive, it’s sometimes best just to keep an open mind and avoid reading too much into what is written. I believe, as a footballer it’s all about living day to day and letting your achievements do the talking."
Moreno obviously doesn’t go on social media following Liverpool matches, otherwise he would discover that there is a lot more than ‘three of four’ people that have criticised his performances. But he's convinced that the majority of fans are pleased with his displays.
“The confidence that I have is having played 90 games in two seasons for a team like Liverpool, if three or four individuals want to carry on, then let them, it doesn’t bother me," he added.
“I’m a very self-confident kind of guy, I get on with doing my best and what I can to help the team.
“In football, everyone can make mistakes, even Lionel Messi can make mistakes, we’re all human
“It’s about keeping going and keeping positive. I am very happy here, I love Liverpool Football Club, I love playing here, I’m happy with my form and how I’ve played, overall the fans are happy with me as well.
“To let three or four comments get you down is not the right thing to do.
“I just want to keep my head down and work hard.”
Liverpool supporters may get their wish on Saturday with James Milner in contention to start in the left-back position, rather than Moreno. Klopp has previously admitted that, in an ideal world, he would have brought in another left-back but has revealed that he is willing to try Milner in that role.
While many Liverpool fans - and Carragher - would have preferred a new left-back this summer, they are very much adopting an ‘anyone but Moreno’ approach at the moment and Milner fits that category.