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Moreno reveals 'rage' at being left out by Rodgers

Chris Bascombe

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT.) Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during a Team Portrait session on August 21, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT.) Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during a Team Portrait session on August 21, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno says he was enraged after being dropped by former coach Brendan Rodgers and welcomed the "100pc change" of management style under Jurgen Klopp.

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Moreno was left out of the side at the start of the season, and was not trusted by Rodgers to play in his favoured left-back spot. The Northern Irishman preferred to play Moreno as a wing-back.

"I perhaps felt that he (Rodgers) didn't have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season," Moreno said.

"He told me I was training hard but then I didn't feature for those first five or six games.

"He said to me that my opportunity would come, but after the first game against Stoke, when we kept a clean sheet, he said he wasn't going to change anything defensively at that point.

"But he did say the chance would come. I was angry. It never entered my head that I was going to leave. I want to stay forever but I had this inner anger, a rage almost."

Moreno is one of several players whose performance level has improved under Klopp. He says the new manager has confidence in him. "I do feel he trusts me. He spends a lot of time with me," said Moreno.

"He really wants me to learn English as quickly as possible, so he can get his ideas over. The fact he has spent so much time with me, I think, shows up in good performances on the field.

"I think that it has been a 100pc change. Everything is totally different. He spoke to all the players and the first thing he said to us was that he was going to judge things on what he saw and what he felt. He told us we all started from zero."

Elsewhere, striker Christian Benteke, who missed the win over Bournemouth with a knee injury, is likely to return when the Merseyside club travel to Stamford Bridge to take on champions Chelsea tomorrow.

Benteke has played twice under the new manager, coming on as a late substitute against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and starting the second half of the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

"I think Christian will be fit on Saturday. He had little problems and with our 'striker situation' we can't take a risk," Klopp said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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