Tony Cascarino has labelled Alberto Moreno the worst defensive left-back in the Premier League following our 2-1 victory in Germany against Hoffenheim.
The Sky Sports pundit reckons the Spaniard is a liability and doesn’t understand why Jurgen Klopp is selecting him ahead of new signing Andrew Robertson or James Milner – last season’s incumbent of the position.
“Moreno was obviously at fault for Liverpool before they conceded the early penalty, heading upfield to close down the opposition goalkeeper, which allowed Hoffenheim to attack down the right wing in space vacated by the Spaniard,” he wrote in his column for the Times.
“He’s just too erratic and you can’t trust those players long term.
“He’s probably the worst defensive left back in the Premier League and it was no surprise that the Liverpool manager sent James Milner on to provide some protection down that flank.”
Moreno enjoyed a brilliant pre-season which has unexpectedly propelled him to the top of Klopp’s left-back pecking order.
He barely played last term and it looked to all the world that he’d depart this summer, but he’s knuckled down and earned his current role.
The criticism he gets for bombing forward is perhaps unfair, as he’s obviously receiving those instructions from his boss.
But this doesn’t detract from the fact that he’s positionally poor and throughout a season, will undeniably cost us goals.
If Klopp doesn’t want to use Milner at left-back, we’d rather he gave Robertson a go. The Scot cost £10m, but is yet to make a competitive Liverpool bench.