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Monday 21 May 2018

Bellamy: Moreno is facing finish if dropped

Alberto Moreno
Alberto Moreno

Dropping Alberto Moreno for tomorrow's visit from Chelsea could "finish" his Liverpool career, according to Craig Bellamy.

Moreno looked to be heading for an Anfield exit back in the summer when manager Jurgen Klopp spent around £10m to bring Andy Robertson in from Hull.

After spending the previous campaign playing understudy to midfielder James Milner at left-back, Moreno's Anfield days looked numbered, but the Spaniard has turned it around in impressive style this term.

His Liverpool form was rewarded with a call-up to the Spain squad for the first time in three years during the recent international break, and Moreno won his fourth cap against Russia earlier this month.

However, Moreno regressed alarmingly in the second-half of Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League as Klopp's Reds carelessly frittered away a three-goal lead.

Moreno gave away the free-kick that Sevilla grabbed their first goal from before the left-back gave away a penalty. substituted He was substituted just after the hour mark by Klopp, and missing out on tomorrow's visit from the Premier League champions would be a potentially fatal blow to his Liverpool tenure, according to ex-Reds striker Bellamy. Bellamy said: "Alberto Moreno has always made mistakes and everyone, including myself, has at times questioned his defensive ability. "He's certainly never convinced me that he's sound enough back there. "To be fair to him, he's started well this year. "But Tuesday was a bad day for him - it was like the old Moreno of the last few years. "That was disappointing for him because, when it happens, people's minds immediately go back to the last few years when he was constantly making bad errors.  "Unfortunately for him, he took a big step backwards on Tuesday. "If Klopp drops him for the Chelsea game, it could finish him - it would mean that he's lost a lot of faith in him."

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