Jurgen Klopp praises Alberto Moreno's 'brilliant game' against Derby

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Alberto Moreno may have endured a frustrating start to the season at Anfield but Tuesday night's performance against Derby in the EFL Cup may come to represent the Spaniard's big turning point in his Liverpool career.

An error-prone display at the Emirates on the opening day of the season was all it required for Jurgen Klopp to start picking James Milner over Moreno at left-back.

However, Klopp gave the 24-year-old an opportunity to redeem himself at Pride Park - a chance he gratefully accepted.

Liverpool were rarely troubled at any stage of the 3-0 victory but Moreno enjoyed a steady performance against the Championship side.

Many pundits had written off Moreno's chances of success at Anfield after being culpable for many of the individual errors that allowed Arsenal back into the game in August.

But rather than sulk after falling out of favour, the former Sevilla defender has worked hard behind the scenes to improve his game.

After the win over Nigel Pearson's side, Klopp even singled out Moreno for special praise.

“Alberto Moreno had a brilliant game, very calm – that’s how he trained in the last few weeks since he didn’t play. He was really cool, concentrated and disciplined in training sessions and that’s how he played, really good," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

To thrive in a team managed by Klopp, the player must have a good attitude and Moreno's determination to get back into the starting XI has clearly rubbed off on the manager.

Milner is expected to remain the first choice left-back for the time being, however, the Spaniard's Derby performance was a gentle reminder he can suitably step in when required.

It was also an important match for Emre Can, who came off the bench to play the last half an hour, and Klopp is keen to avoid rushing him back from injury too quickly.

Klopp added: “Fitness is not a problem. Emre is a player who has a strong, strong mentality and he can fight. But you saw again it’s about rhythm.

“You cannot go into a shop and buy rhythm. You need to work for it and that’s what we are doing. I’m not rushing it.

“Emre is cool enough and experienced enough. We can use him, that’s good. He is back, that’s very good. But, of course, I don’t know who will play at the weekend and what will happen [before] the weekend."

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