Cursed? Liverpool fans blame Alberto Moreno for ruining Anfield clean sheet record

Alberto Moreno started for Liverpool for the first time this season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool supporters collectively blamed Alberto Moreno after the side’s impressive clean sheet record was ended in a 4-1 victory over Cardiff.

Fans were already fearing the worst when Jurgen Klopp selected Moreno in his starting XI for the first time this season. First-choice left-back Andrew Robertson was named on the bench for the Premier League clash.

The Reds flew out of the blocks against Neil Warnock’s men and Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the 10th minute from close-range.

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Cardiff managed to keep Liverpool at bay for the remainder of the first half before Sadio Mane double the home side’s lead in the 66th minute after slaloming round several defenders.

The visitors pulled one back ten minutes later and it was the first time since February that Liverpool had conceded at Anfield. That’s 918 minutes of play without a goal!

Sadio Mane was on fire against Cardiff (Picture: Getty)Further goals from Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed three points for Liverpool but fans couldn’t get over their clean sheet record being ruined.

Moreno was easily beaten before Callum Paterson’s goal and many blamed the Spaniard for the goal…

Wouldn’t you know, we concede at home for the first time since February when Moreno starts
— Ryan Harbinson (@RyanHarbinson_) October 27, 2018

What a fucking coincidence…. first premier league game Moreno starts – is when Liverpool’s defensive record ends.
— Bhandar 🐒 (@Mrlayzee) October 27, 2018

Moreno and lovren starts and we concede the first goal at anfield since february, is it a coincidence??
— Greg5LFC (@georgiocherfane) October 27, 2018

Clean sheet record should be void today because lovren and Moreno were on ….
— Norman Bates 5 (@cantbeatthe80s) October 27, 2018

You don’t get a clean sheet at Anfield when you start Alberto Moreno.
— sultán (@SultanKayed) October 27, 2018

Moreno starts and we lose our clean sheet record. Nice.
— 😕 (@Jay_LFC98) October 27, 2018

No surprise that we lost our clean sheet with Lovren and Moreno playing. Smh
— Nhlanhla Mazibuko (@_NhlanhlaM) October 27, 2018

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Arsenal eyeing move for Liverpool outcast Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno is on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly plotting a move to sign Liverpool misfit Alberto Moreno at the end of the season.

Moreno has made 134 appearances for Liverpool since his debut back in 2014 but consistent defensive lapses have meant the 26-year-old has struggled for game-time under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside.

The Reds are resigned to losing Moreno next summer, with the Spaniard in the final year of his contract, and a queue of top European clubs is forming.

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According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have been alerted to Moreno’s contract situation with the defender available on a free transfer at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Andrew Robertson has nailed down his place as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back and the club have high hopes for academy prospect Adam Lewis meaning Klopp is open to letting Moreno leave.

Unai Emery worked with Moreno at Sevilla (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery worked with Moreno when they were together at Sevilla and is keen to be reunited with the Spain international in north London.

Sead Kolasinac has dropped down the pecking order significantly at Arsenal, with Emery favouring Ainsley Maitland-Niles over the the Bosnian since his arrival.

The Gunners may have to compete with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona for Moreno’s signature.

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Mohamed Salah trains ‘at 20 per cent’ because of injury fears, says Alberto Moreno

Mohamed Salah has barely missed a game this season (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah has toned down his training efforts for fear of getting injured, Alberto Moreno has revealed.

The Liverpool star is Jurgen Klopp’s most valuable asset and is the Reds’ top goalscorer this season with a remarkable 43 strikes.

Salah will now look to fire Liverpool to Champions League glory after the Reds beat Roma to reach the final.

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Liverpool still have two Premier League games to play this season and Salah will most likely be wrapped up in cotton wool ahead of the showdown with Real Madrid on May 26.

And his Liverpool team-mate Moreno revealed how Salah’s fear of picking up a knock has affected his training.

‘Salah’s an incredible guy. He’s having an extraordinary year,’ Moreno said to El Partidazo.

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Salah could be close to picking up a fatigue injury (Picture: Getty)‘I think Salah trains at 20 per cent because he’s scared of injuring himself. Now it’s Ramadan, I’ll eat and drink for him, that’s something I can do.’

Salah has played 49 games this season and has played almost every minute of Liverpool’s Champions League and league campaigns.

Moreno lost his place to Andrew Robertson earlier in the season, but the left-back is still hopeful he can force his way back into the starting eleven.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Chelsea (A) – Sun May 6Brighton (H) – Sun May 13Real Madrid (N) – Champions League -Sat May 26

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Alberto Moreno is hopeful he can win his place back (Picture: Getty)‘I still don’t believe I’m going to play a Champions League final,’ he said. ‘We have a great squad and we’re going to fight for the Champions League.

‘You have to tell [manager Jurgen] Klopp to put me in the final. Every player wants to play.

‘I lost my first-team place because of injury. But now is not the time for that. Now is something to enjoy.’

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Liverpool fans praying new Emre Can contract accidentally revealed by team-mates

Emre Can seems set to leave Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool fans are convinced Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have revealed Emre Can has signed a new deal.

The midfielder was expected to leave in the summer once his contract expires and reports in Italy claim Can had already agreed to join Juventus.

Can is an integral part of Liverpool’s side and put in a superb performance on Sunday as the Reds beat Manchester City at Anfield.

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The 4-3 victory ended City’s unbeaten streak as Jurgen Klopp’s side became the first team in the Premier League to beat Pep Guardiola’s players this season.

Can impressed in midfield and a post from Dejan Lovren has sparked hopes the German has performed a contract U-turn.

Lovren shared a snap of him, Georginio Wijnaldum and Can in the Liverpool dressing room after the City win.

Emre Can was brilliant against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp provides negative injury news for Liverpool’s New Year clashes

Klopp will be without the duo (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno will miss Liverpool‘s fixtures over the New Year as they failed to step up their injury comebacks.

The Reds have been enjoying a purple patch in form but Klopp will be feeling blue at the latest update that the pair will fail to get the green light to face Leicester and Burnley over the next week.

Klopp will be without both Henderson and Moreno for the clashes with the Foxes and the Clarets, and he admitted that he has ‘no idea’ when they will be pulling on the famous red jersey again.

‘Length of time [on their returns], actually I have no idea to be honest – but it won’t be tomorrow,’ he said after Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Swansea.

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‘Both are out for the next two games for sure.

‘On December 30 and January 1, they have no chance, then we have to see again.’

Moreno won’t be in action over the New Year period (Picture: Getty)

Henderson won’t return in the next few days (Picture: Getty)Henderson picked up a hamstring injury early on in the vibrant 3-3 draw with Arsenal, while Moreno has not featured since picking up an ankle problem during the 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow at the start of this month.

The pair have joined the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Marko Grujic with a black mark against their names as Liverpool look to have a golden bill of health sooner rather than later.

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane tears into Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno after Sevilla capitulation

Liverpool let a three-goal lead slip in their Champions League clash against Sevilla (Picture: Getty)Roy Keane has slammed Alberto Moreno and claimed the Spain international is costing Liverpool after Wednesday’s capitulation against Sevilla.

Jurgen Klopp’s side made a sensational start to their Champions League clash in Seville as a first-half brace from Roberto Firmino and a Sadio Mane strike gave the visitors a commanding 3-0 half-time lead.

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But the hosts began their comeback shortly after the break – Wissam Ben Yedder heading past Loris Karius to make it 3-1 after Moreno gave away a soft free-kick.

Moreno then conceded a penalty by clipping Ben Yedder, who made no mistake from the spot, before Guido Pizarro scored an injury-time equaliser to snatch a draw.

Sevilla celebrate their dramatic equaliser (Picture: Getty)

Alberto Moreno was widely criticised for his display (Picture: Getty)‘What he [Moreno] did for the penalty, you wouldn’t see a child doing it,’ Keane told ITV Football. ‘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”.’

Despite the collapse in Spain, Liverpool remain on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are fifth in the English top-flight after 12 games.

“Madness, pure madness!” Roy Keane wasn’t impressed with Alberto Moreno’s performance for @LFC on Tuesday
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 22, 2017

Keane insists Klopp’s side will enjoy successful periods but suggests the team will ‘come up short’ in the big games due to their defensive frailties.

‘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,’ he said.

Klopp, meanwhile, said he has no issues with his team’s mentality after they threw away a three-goal lead at Sevilla.

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‘I don’t doubt the mentality of the boys, not a bit,’ said the German boss. ‘We showed already a fantastic mentality. We showed it in a lot of other games. It’s not like this.

‘Yes, it was not perfect, that’s true, but it’s not a general problem.

‘Could we have done better? 100%. Do I think it’s a mentality problem? 100% not. It’s a misjudgement.’

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Dietmar Hamann questions Alberto Moreno’s priorities after Liverpool star reacts to Sevilla homecoming

Alberto Moreno failed to impress on his return to Sevilla (Picture: Getty)Dietmar Hamann has questioned Alberto Moreno’s Liverpool loyalties after he provided an explanation of his error-strewn performance against his former side Sevilla on Tuesday.

The Spain international has established himself as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice left-back this season after finally appearing to have adapted to the demands of the Premier League.

Moreno has ousted James Milner and held off competition from summer signing Andrew Robertson, earning significant praise from Jurgen Klopp for the way he has gone about resurrecting his Anfield career.

The 25-year-old, however, turned in a nightmare display against the club he left three years ago and was substituted just after the hour mark as Liverpool conspired to let a three-goal lead slip in their Champions League group stage clash.

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Alberto Moreno was hauled off in the 63rd minute (Picture: Getty)‘It’s beautiful to return home, to know that your family and friends are in the stands and to play in front of your former fans,’ said Moreno afterwards.

‘But I cannot be happy with the result and letting go of a 3-0 lead.

‘It’s difficult to play at the Sanchez Pizjuan, whether it’s in La Liga or in Europe. Sevilla have a great team.

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‘We need to look at the mistakes we made and move on to our next game. This is football.’

Hamann, who was part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League back in 2005, was clearly not impressed with Moreno’s explanation, however, and took to Twitter to voice his disapproval.

He wrote: ‘He should be more worried what the fans of his current club think about him.’

Hamann was not alone in being critical of Moreno’s performance, with Jamie Carragher adding: ‘He’s been at the club now for three or four years, and I don’t think a run of seven, eight games should cloud people’s judgement, of what you think of him as a player.

‘I still think Liverpool need a left-back. He has done a lot better this season but he still has those moments where he makes rash decisions and rash tackles. And I don’t think that will ever go out of his game’

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Alberto Moreno reveals the moment he thought Jurgen Klopp had ended his Liverpool career

Alberto Moreno is currently enjoying the best spell of his Liverpool career (Picture: Getty)Alberto Moreno thought his Liverpool career was over last season from the moment Jurgen Klopp started picking James Milner ahead of him.

The Spain international had been pinpointed as a major weakness in Liverpool’s defence and lost his place to makeshift left-back Milner after a string of error-strewn performances.

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The summer signing of Andrew Robertson appeared to have shoved the former Sevilla star further down the Liverpool pecking order, but he has established himself as Klopp’s choice this term, completing an impressive turnaround which even he himself could not have envisaged 12 months ago.

‘It’s been strange,’ he told Marca. ‘He arrived and I played everything and at the beginning of the following season I disappeared.

James Milner impressed as a makeshift left-back last season (Picture: Getty)

Andrew Robertson’s signing provided another obstacle for Alberto Moreno (Picture: Getty)‘When I saw that a right-footed midfielder like Milner was the left-back, I thought something was happening.

‘He didn’t give me explanations. Already in summer I saw that the season was going to be f***** up and that’s how it was. I cannot find a reason for what happened.’

He added: ‘My idea was to stay, work and earn the position. I felt capable.

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‘I spoke with Klopp, he told me he couldn’t promise me anything, that he would work and they were going to sign a ‘3’. I thought something was wrong.

‘I spoke with my circle and they told me to work, that I should start from scratch and we would see. And here we are.’

Watch: Alberto Moreno scores brilliant scorpion kick in Liverpool training

Alberto Moreno connects with a scorpion kick (Picture: Getty)Alberto Moreno has turned his Liverpool career around after two years of dire performances and the left-back is taking his new-found confidence onto the training pitch.

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Liverpool are preparing for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday as they resume their club campaign after a two week international break.

Moreno was not involved in the Spain squad and has spent the competitive lay-off at Melwood.

The 25-year-old was training on Wednesday with the rest of the Liverpool squad who were not with their international squad and looks in fine form.

James Milner scoops in a cross and Moreno latches onto the ball and flicks it in the net with an impressive scorpion kick.

The scorpion kick saw a revival last season as Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored with the same move in the Premier League.

Liverpool fans will be pleased to have something to smile about after injury news rocked them on Tuesday.

First teamers Joel Matip and James Milner trained (Picture: Getty)

There’s plenty of academy and fringe players in first team training (Picture: Getty)

Loris Karius is still battling for Liverpool’s No.1 goalkeeping spot (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp will be desperate for a positive result on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal and will miss the next six weeks.

It is a massive blow to Liverpool with a key period ahead including the United clash, a trip to Tottenham and crucial Champions League matches in the next ten games.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Manchester United (H) – Sat 14 OctNK Maribor – Champions League (A) – Tue 17 OctTottenham (A) – Sun 22 OctHuddersfield (H) – Sat 28 OctNK Maribor – Champions League (H) – Wed 1 NovWest Ham (A) – Sat 4 NovSouthampton (H) – Sat 18 NovSevilla – Champions League (A) – Tue 21 NovChelsea (H) – Sat 25 Nov

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Mane is expected to miss ten games in total and will be massive blow considering his contribution this season.

The attacker has three goals in the league and provided two assists in Europe this campaign.

Liverpool have won just once in five games while United have yet to beaten this season.

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