Jurgen Klopp defends Alberto Moreno

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not be swayed by the criticism raining down on left-back Alberto Moreno and is in no rush to sign a replacement.

The Spaniard ended last season with a poor display in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla and endured a miserable outing in the 4-3 win at Arsenal, conceding a penalty and going walkabout for the Gunners’ opening goal.

Sky Sports pundit and former England coach Gary Neville labelled Moreno’s tackle on Theo Walcott which led to the penalty “absolute garbage”, adding: “You might as well start a goal down with Moreno at left-back.”

The BBC’s Garth Crooks went even further, claiming Liverpool would be relegated with the 24-year-old in the side, but Klopp brushed it all aside.

“Are we doing this every time someone’s performance isn’t very good then we talk about it in a press conference?” he said. “Alberto could have done better but I don’t really understand what we are talking about.

“I cannot be interested in criticism from other people.

“Maybe I should read more newspapers but I have no idea what we are talking about. The world is not satisfied with our left-back?

“Football is a game you cannot play without making mistakes.

“Ask goalkeepers and central defenders; when they make a mistake it often leads to a goal, but they have to carry on and we do too in the work we do.”

Klopp is optimistic the shoulder injury sustained by forward Sadio Mane in training will not sideline him for too long.

“It was a challenge with two players up in the air coming down and Sadio fell on his shoulder but it is not that serious,” he said.

“At this moment I have no idea if he could be available for the weekend (at Burnley) but I don’t think it will take a long time.”


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