Liverpool fans criticise Jurgen Klopp for playing James Milner at left-back

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How do you solve a problem like Alberto Moreno?

Well, Jurgen Klopp thinks it’s by using James Milner as a left-back instead of the Spaniard.

However, Liverpool fans clearly don’t agree.

After a pretty dismal performance in Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Arsenal - where he conceded a penalty and was caught out of position just minutes later - Moreno was heavily criticised by Liverpool fans.

For the visit to Burnley, Klopp decided to swap Moreno with Milner, a move that didn’t exactly pay off as the Reds lost 2-0.

For the EFL Cup match against Burton Albion, Klopp stuck with Milner in the left-back position and, despite a dominant 5-0 victory, he appeared to struggle defensively.

Going forward, Milner had a hand to play in three of the goals as he showed his ability in the final third.

However, the 30-year-old often struggled for pace when defending and the amount of times he checked back onto his right foot when he had the ball was almost comical. To be fair to him, Milner is a right-footed midfielder so adapting to a left-back is never going to be easy.

Liverpool fans have realised that it's not necessarily Milner's fault that he's being employed as a left-back and have blamed Klopp for his decision.

Milner’s performance leaves Klopp with a headache. He has a week left to strengthen in the transfer window. If he doesn’t, he will have to decide whether to persevere with Moreno or Milner at the left-back position for the remainder of the campaign.

There’s no doubt that Liverpool fans will be praying that Klopp delves into the transfer window but time will tell.

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