It is their defence that has been letting Liverpool FC down in recent matches, and Alberto Moreno is a fullback who “cannot defend”, believes Reds legend Mark Lawrenson.
Liverpool were struggling against relegation candidates Sunderland on Saturday, but had managed to shoot into a 2-0 lead in the second half, after Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana scored a couple of goals. However, they conceded two goals in the dying few minutes of the match, to settle for a 2-2 draw.
Lawrenson feels that Moreno is one of the players (along with the rest of the defence), who are very weak defensively, and that is why the Reds are suffering these bad results.
“We have players like Alberto Moreno who is good going forward but just cannot defend properly. It’s not just the Spaniard, though. The whole defence keeps on making individual mistakes. And that only points to one thing – they aren’t good enough,” wrote Lawrenson on his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“You can play different systems, have a high press, sit back, or have two players in front of a back four, but if you keep conceding goals you can play whatever formation you like – it isn’t going to make any difference,” he further continued.
Reds looking after themselves for League Cup final?
Liverpool FC are set to play Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday, 28 February, and that could be playing on the players’ minds when they go into the Premier League games. There does not seem to be much chance for them to get into the top four now of the Premier League now, and a win in the League Cup would automatically ensure them a spot in the Europa League. Hence, the Reds might just be looking after themselves with the League Cup final in mind, resulting in poor showing on the other fronts.