Friday 20 September 2019

'Madness, pure madness' - Roy Keane's withering verdict on Liverpool's Alberto Moreno

Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder beats Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno to pull a goal back
Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder beats Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno to pull a goal back
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane served up a damning verdict on Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, after the Spanish defender turned in another error-strewn display in his side's 3-3 Champions League draw against Sevilla on Tuesday night.

Moreno has been restored to the Liverpool first team in recent weeks after being dropped by manager Jurgen Klopp last season, yet Keane has joined the chorus of criticism flowing in the direction of the full-back after his miserable efforts in Seville.

Moreno was at fault for Sevilla's first goal in their comeback from 3-0 down and then gave away a penalty to hand them a route back into the game and Keane was unforgiving in this withering assessment.

"Moreno is an international player and you look at the free-kick he gave away on their first goal," Keane told ITV Sport. "That has nothing to do with the manager, even though he is still selecting him obviously.

"They have other players in the background. They've tried (James) Milner, they've brought (Andrew) Robertson in and they obviously don't fancy him, so this guy keeps getting his game.

"The penalty he gave away, you wouldn't see a child doing it. Madness, pure madness, you wouldn't see a child doing it. You have to say at some point, you're killing us."

Keane suggested Moreno is not the only problem in the Liverpool defensive line, as he argued Klopp's players are not learning from their persistent mistakes.

"When you have one or two players who I think aren't good defenders, you are going to have trouble in these big games," he added. 

They have a couple of defenders who are just not good enough, it's as simple as that. They keep making the same mistakes and you end up having the same conversation.

"This has nothing to do with team shape or mentality. If you have one or two players who are not good enough at the highest level, you are going to get found out.

"How many times do we have to say it? They have got the hardest part of the game sorted out and that is creating chances and scoring goals. You score three goals away from home and you think it's job done, but defensively some madness, in particular from one player, cost them."

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