Damien Duff, Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy are not exactly fans of Alberto Moreno, it is fair to say.
Liverpool play host to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night in a crunch final Champions League group stage match in which they need a point to secure qualification to the knockout stages where as a win would see them top the group.
Coming into the fixture on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run, most recently a 5-1 hammering of Brighton at the weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side were brimming with confidence.
He made five changes to the side from the weekend:
#LFC XI: Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho (C), Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold. pic.twitter.com/5oWcSoMzDf
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 6, 2017
While the decision to drop club captain Jordan Henderson for arguably the most important game of the season raised a massive talking point, the RTÉ panel consisting of Duff, Brady and Dunphy focused their attention on Klopp’s inclusion of Moreno at left-back.
While Moreno has widely been adjudged to have improved drastically on his form of last season, there is evidently still quite a lot of work to be done on his behalf if he is to fully endear himself to the Kop, particularly on a defensive front. Exhibit A being his role in the second half capitulation against Sevilla in this very same Champions League group.
Check out the pundits, especially Duff, slate the German boss’s choice to start with Moreno in a game of such importance:
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) December 6, 2017