- Alberto Moreno admits Liverpool were the cause of their own collapse against Sevilla
- Reds threw away 3-0 lead to concede stoppage-time equaliser
- Moreno partially at fault for Sevilla’s first two goals
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Alberto Moreno admits Liverpool were the architects of their own downfall in Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting with Sevilla.
Having surged to a 3-0 first-half lead, the Reds emerged after the break seemingly unsure of how to setup against the rejuvenated hosts.
Their intensity and high-press both disappeared as Sevilla piled on the pressure in search of an early second-half goal to lift the crowd.
Moreno played a significant role in helping them get that when he clumsily gave away the free-kick that was subsequently headed in by Wissam Ben Yedder.
The Spaniard was at fault again shortly after when he carelessly conceded a penalty, which was then converted by Ben Yedder for his and Sevilla’s second of the game.
Liverpool completed their collapse in the 93rd minute when they allowed Guido Pizarro to scramble home the equaliser from close-range.
“We threw away three points,” Moreno told Onda Cero.
“We were already through to the next round, but it was not to be.”
“We knew that even with a 3-0 advantage it was going to be complicated, and that was the case. We had spoken at half-time about how with a 3-0 lead we still had to be careful.”
“More than that [Sevilla playing well], it was a case of how awful we were and how many mistakes we made at the back.”
“They didn’t stop attacking in the second half – but we came out half asleep.”
Moreno was dragged off by Klopp and replaced by James Milner just after an hour in after yet again struggling against his former employers.
It served as a crushing setback to a man who has managed to revive his Liverpool career this season having once looked certain to leave during the summer transfer window.
The left-back lost his place in the team to Milner last season, but convinced Klopp to retain him with a superb pre-season campaign.
Though the Reds’ defensive frailties have continued to crop up, Moreno has been one of the team’s undisputed standout figures.
As a player who thrives on confidence, however, he is sure to be feeling the pressure after an unhappy return to his home nation.