Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno strikes most as a player who goes quietly about his business efficiently and methodically without too much fuss, but underneath the surface a rage was building, according to the player, during Brendan Rodgers’ tenure due to not getting his game.
Being left out of the starting lineup at the beginning of this season was a sign that Rodgers did not have much confidence in him, says Moreno.
“I perhaps felt that he (Rodgers) didn’t have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season,’ the 23-year-old told the Daily Mail.
“He told me I was training hard but then I didn’t start for those first five or six games.
“He said to me that it was still early in the season and 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.”
While Moreno admits to being angered at the lack of first team inclusion, he tells the Daily Mail leaving was never on the cards and that he wants ‘to stay forever’.
“I am staying here, that’s for sure. That is one thing. But it is true that I was out of the team. 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. I felt I was playing well, training well. He told me that I was training well. But I couldn’t see why I wasn’t getting a chance.”
Things look to be much more positive for the young defender now, however, who’s reverted back to playing at left-back and has played 90 minutes in every game, except the League Cup game against Bournemouth in midweek, under new boss Jurgen Klopp.
The Spain international now appears to have a much better rapport with his new manager, as the Reds aim to improve on what has been a less than impressive season so far.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena