Wednesday 19 June 2019

‘Pure madness!’: Roy Keane’s damning verdict on how Alberto Moreno is ‘killing’ Liverpool

“You wouldn’t see a child doing it.”

Liverpool v NK Maribor – UEFA Champions League – Group E – Anfield
Liverpool v NK Maribor – UEFA Champions League – Group E – Anfield

By Alistair Mason

If Roy Keane had some pent-up frustration after the Republic of Ireland failed to make it to the World Cup, he let it out on Liverpool – and Alberto Moreno in particular.

The former Manchester United midfielder offered his analysis of the Reds’ 3-3 draw at Sevilla, in which they let a three-goal lead slip, and he had no doubt where the blame lay.

“What he’s doing for the penalty, you wouldn’t see a child doing it,” Keane said on ITV. “The only word I can use is madness.

“Pure madness for an international player to do that.”

With Liverpool 3-0 up, Moreno gave away a soft free-kick from which Sevilla pulled back their first goal, then handed his former club a penalty when he miscontrolled on the edge of the box and tripped Wissam Ben Yedder.

Keane said: “We all know it’s a team game but sometimes you have to point the finger at somebody and say ‘listen, you’re killing us, you’re costing us’.”

The Ireland assistant manager, whose team missed out on a place in Russia by losing 5-1 to Denmark, believes Liverpool’s biggest issue is personnel.

“When you’ve got one or two players who I think aren’t good defenders then you’re going to have trouble in these big games,” he said.

“Liverpool will win a lot of football matches but when it comes to the big games and the tough games they’re going to come up short because they’ve got a couple of defenders who I think just aren’t good enough.”

Despite the draw, Liverpool still sit top of Group E and will ensure they progress to the knockout stages with a draw in their final match against Spartak Moscow at Anfield.

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