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Monday 21 May 2018

'I trust Moreno 100 per cent'

'Salah's got nothing to prove to Chelsea' - Jurgen

Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters
Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he still trusts Alberto Moreno "100 per cent" after the left-back's performance against Sevilla.

Having been 3-0 up at the break in Tuesday's Champions League clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, the Reds conceded twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half en route to a 3-3 draw.

Moreno, playing against his former club, had a key role in the build-up to both of those goals, committing the fouls that resulted in the free-kick that was headed in by Wissam Ben Yedder and the subsequent penalty converted by the French forward.

Klopp, who took Moreno off shortly afterwards, spoke about the Spaniard yesterday ahead of today's Premier League match against champions Chelsea.

And the manager was keen to stress his own responsibility for what had happened on Tuesday as he said "it is not the player to blame".

Alberto Moreno. Photo: PA Wire
Alberto Moreno. Photo: PA Wire

Klopp said: "I had a talk, of course, to Alberto and I am really happy about his shape and his performances.

"Yes, in this game, it was obviously (difficult)... And that then is really my responsibility, that (we) could have done different things.

"Obviously it was difficult in Seville, with all the circumstances. Everybody was talking to him, like to a family member.

"He left there and a lot of people are still there that he knows well.

Concentration

"It was this one, two, three per cent of concentration or whatever, you come a little bit too late, and that is how it started.

"My responsibility would have been think about the line-up, or change, or change earlier, or whatever.

"So that is how it is. It is not the player to blame. I am 100 per cent responsible for that. I told him I still trust him 100 per cent."

Klopp said the way the goals were conceded against Sevilla "was quite special but it was not only a single player" and repeated his assessment from Tuesday that Liverpool made mistakes, were passive and "stopped playing football".

The German, who has stressed that his players do not have a mentality problem, then added: "It will be a different game against Chelsea, especially at Anfield - and if we can create a special atmosphere, then it would help us."

This evening's contest will see in-form Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah - the Premier League's top scorer this term - face his old club, for whom he struggled to make an impact.

Klopp does not feel Salah has a point to prove.

"He was very young in a very strong team and didn't come through," Klopp said.

"That happens very often. Another player with a similar situation was Kevin De Bruyne. Nobody is to blame, and for sure not Mo.

"I don't think he has to prove something, and I don't think he sees it like that."

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