You have to say fair play to the lad.
He’s received absolute pelters from the media, but it’s water off a duck’s back to Liverpool’s left-back Alberto Moreno.
The Spaniard has given a lengthy interview in which he’s stated ultimate confidence in his belief and a perhaps misguided view that he’s largely supported by the fans.
What’s more worrying is that he’s pleased with his personal form, which based on his past two competitive outings for us – versus Sevilla and Arsenal – seems a little absurd.
Still, if Jurgen Klopp’s backing him – we should too. Here’s what he had to say:
Speaking to Australian website The World Game, Moreno said: “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.
“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 criticise 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.”
“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.
“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.”
You have to admire Moreno for his mature approach. As a 23-year-old, the stick he’s taken could send anybody into a downward spiral, but he’s dealing with it and trying to be positive. This should be applauded, and we’ll reiterate – if Klopp’s decided to keep Moreno in the side, and it looks like he has, our only job is to support him.