- Roy Keane questioned why Jurgen Klopp thinks Alberto Moreno is good enough
- He was at fault several times as Liverpool conceded a three-goal lead to Sevilla
- Keane says Moreno’s defending against the Spanish side was ‘pure madness’
Liverpool will continue to struggle in the biggest games as long as Jurgen Klopp continues to play Alberto Moreno at left back, according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane.
The Spain international made several key mistakes as Liverpool let a three-goal lead slip against his former side Sevilla on Tuesday evening. He first gave away a needless free-kick that lead to their first goal and conceded the penalty for the second.
Keane appears to have long been convinced that Moreno is not good enough to play for Liverpool, but, by describing his defending as ‘madness’, he suggested this latest display should be the last straw for Klopp.
Alberto Moreno is ‘killing’ Liverpool’s chances of winning big games with ‘mad’ defending
Roy Keane questioned why Jurgen Klopp continues to play someone who isn’t good enough
Speaking on ITV about Moreno, Keane said: ‘What he’s doing for the penalty, you wouldn’t see a child doing it. It’s pure madness for an international player to do that.
‘You look at the free-kick he gave away, that’s nothing to do with the manager. This has nothing to do with team shape or mentality.
‘I know it’s a team game, but sometimes you have to point the finger and say “you’re killing us, you’re costing us”.’
Moreno needlessly gave away the free-kick that lead to Sevilla’s opening goal of the game
‘You wouldn’t see a child do it’ – Keane was scathing of Moreno for giving away a penalty
Liverpool’s defensive frailties have been well documented this season, especially their vulnerability from corners. But they remain top of their Champions League group and are well in the hunt for a top four place in the Premier League.
Keane admits the team has enough quality to win most football matches, but he believes they will continue to struggle against the toughest teams so long as Moreno remains in the side.
He continued: ‘Liverpool will win a lot of football matches, but when it comes to the big games they’re going to come up short because they’ve got a couple of defenders who just aren’t good enough and they’ll always get found out.’
Ironically, before the game Klopp told the club’s official website that he had never seen a turnaround in form that Moreno experienced following his nightmare campaign.
The defender has been lauded in recent weeks and even earned a recall to the Spanish national side, making his first international appearance for three years earlier this month.
Moreno was hauled off by Jurgen Klopp as his nightmare against Sevilla turned worse yet