Mark Lawrenson blasts Alberto Moreno for failing to defend against Villarreal

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Liverpool suffered a last-minute sucker punch as Villarreal’s Adrian Lopez secured a first-leg victory during Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final at El Madrigal.

In the first minute of stoppage time, following a fairly drab 90 minutes, Bruno picked the ball up and sprayed the ball to Denis Suarez who took two excellent touches before squaring the ball to Lopez to tap home.

Mark Lawrenson was commentating on the match for BBC 5 Live and hit out at Alberto Moreno for failing to do his main job at such an important stage in the match.


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"When the players watch that goal tomorrow, Klopp will be trying to make the point that they have to do their job,” Lawro was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “If you are a left back, defend. We have a left back who enjoys going forward and he is better going forward than he is defensively."

Lawrenson isn’t the first former Liverpool player to hit out at Moreno for his lack of defensive nous.

Carragher has also been critical of Moreno

Following the Reds’ Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City at the end of February, Jamie Carragher said it was imperative that Liverpool signed a new left-back in the summer.

“The left-back has to come out of the team,” Carragher was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo at the time. “This is not a one-off today in terms of the goal.

“(Jon) Flanagan has come back fit and has to go into the team in midweek, he (Klopp) has to change the left-back.

“Flanagan played left-back when they nearly won the league. He can't be worse than him (Moreno).”

Moreno is great going forward...

Moreno’s performances have improved since then but, as Lawrenson stated yesterday, he does appear to be more left-winger than left-back.

Superb going forwards, Moreno is a dangerous weapon for the Merseyside outfit, as he proved last Saturday - providing both assists for Liverpool’s two goals against Newcastle United.

But is he too much of a liability defensively? This is a question that Klopp has no doubt asked himself on numerous occasions this season.

Klopp expecting different match at Anfield

The German coach expects “a completely different” game against Villarreal at Anfield next week and hopes his side will show enough on the night to progress to the Europa League final.

“I am no more or less confident then I was before the game," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "I have more information now – and I know about this tournament and if you win today 1-0 what would have happened? It’s not that we’d say it was a holiday time at home [for the second leg]. Now we have to rule a few things, we have to find solutions for a few things, but I saw we are in a good way.

“I know and saw a lot of things that showed we can [win the second leg]. It doesn’t mean that we will, but with the help of Anfield we can do a lot.

“Please don’t compare everything with Dortmund, but things are possible and 1-0 is not the biggest result in the world. I think now Villarreal know more about us and now we have more respect.

“We were an English team, a big name, but no quality. Now we are an English team, big name, better quality and we will try everything.”

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