Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Alberto Moreno and his professionalism ahead of the crunch clash against Arsenal FC.

Moreno has been benched in the opening two games by the manager in favour of 18-year-old Joe Gomez. The former Charlton Athletic defender joined the Reds earlier in the transfer window. However, Rodgers feels that despite being benched the Spaniard has been very professional and has been putting in the hard work needed to make his way back into the first-team.

Rodgers feels Moreno knows the areas he needs to improve in


Moreno was at fault last season for a number of goals that the Anfield outfit conceded. The Spaniard is known for his attacking abilities, but lacks the defensive organization or discipline essential for his position. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the club’s official website, Brendan Rodgers said,

a He understands the reasons why hea s not in the team at this moment, but he, like all the other players, it was very important for me to acknowledge to them that it will be difficult between now and the international break, especially if the team is winning.”

a But there are going to be opportunities for players this season, and there are opportunities every single day in training.”

a And Alberto has trained really, really well, with no drop-off in his enthusiasm. He has quality and knows the areas where we want to help him improve in.”

a Then when he plays or comes on in the game, he can make a contribution, and I thought he did that very well.a

Hea s a really valuable player for our squad – Rodgers on Rossiter

The Northern Irishman commented on another 18-year-old, Jordan Rossiter and his role in the squad. Brendan Rodgers stressed that Rossiter was a valuable member of the squad. However, he or some of his teammates could be headed out on loan for the season to gain experience.

a Ia m sure one or two of them will probably go out, but we have got the Europa League and cup games,a added the Reds’ boss.

a Jordan Rossiter is a young boy who has moved up here now to be in the first-team changing room. Hea s a really valuable player for our squad.”

a At such a young age hea s got great maturity and I can see him as being one that will be staying here.”