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Sevilla Boss Defends Alberto Moreno Following Liverpool’s Europa League Horror Show

during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

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As Liverpool’s dream of Europa League glory disintegrated in front of their eyes on Wednesday night, the knives were being sharpened for left back Alberto Moreno.

The Spaniard endured a wretched evening as Sevilla cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s fantastic opener just seventeen seconds into the second half, before going on to win 3-1 and lift the trophy for the third year in succession on a rainy night in Basel.

Many supporters and Liverpool personnel hammered Moreno’s performance – Steve McManaman and Michael Owen were particularly damning in the BT Studio following the result, while Mark Lawrenson was equally disgusted with his performance on BBC Radio.

Most cutting all, however, was this remarkably angry (and later deleted) tweet from club legend Jamie Carragher:

One man who has jumped to Moreno’s defence, however is Sevilla manager Unai Emery. The 23 year old played under Emery for one year at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán- winning the Europa League in 2014 – before a £12m move to Anfield, and his old boss argued that Moreno has had a great season for the club.

“Alberto Moreno is playing a great season for Liverpool.

“And what I have seen is he is playing at a level that he can go back to the Spanish national team.

“I always see the glass half-full because he has a great offensive ability and I see him as a great offensive player rather than being a poor defender.”

Sevilla's coach Unai Emery (C) speaks with Sevilla's defender Alberto Moreno as he streches before extra times during the UEFA Europa league final football match between Benfica and Sevilla on May 14, 2014 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Moreno’s place is said to be in serious doubt at Liverpool – even before last night’s disaster – with Klopp believed to have his eye on a £10m move for Cologne’s German international full back Jonas Hector as part of a squad overhaul.

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