Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno revealed he felt an inner “anger” when he was left on the bench by former manager Brendan Rodgers, but now feels new boss Jurgen Klopp has complete trust on him.
Rodgers decided to start Joe Gomez as left-back for first five matches of this season. Despite a strong performance at wing-back in the Europa League clash at Bordeaux, Moreno was left in the bench.
However, Gomez then picked up a knee injury and subsequently Rodgers has been replaced by Jurgen Klopp, giving the Spain international much needed time on the pitch he wanted.
Moreno recently expressed his frustration over Rodgers’ decision, saying: “I perhaps felt that he didn’t have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season.
“He told me I was training hard but then I didn’t feature for those first five games. He said to me that it was still early in the season and that my opportunity would come but after the first game against Stoke, when we kept a clean sheet, he said he wasn’t going to change anything defensively at that point. But he did say the chance would come.
“It never entered my head that I was going to leave, I am staying here, that is for sure, but I was angry when I was out the team. I had this inner anger, a rage almost. I felt I was playing well, training well. He told me that I was training well but I couldn’t see why I wasn’t getting a chance at the beginning of the season.”
Moreno performed well in last Sunday’s match with Southampton, and admits that he is fully backing the new boss.
“I don’t know why I’ve improved to tell you the truth, it is hard to explain,” the full-back said. “I just get the impression [from Klopp] that he really feels the game. He has a huge passion for the game, which I think I do. He wants you to express yourself on the field. He wants you to offer not 100 percent but 200 percent when you are performing and I think I offer that. It fits in with me.
“He talks with me a lot. I feel he trusts me. He spends a lot of time with me. He really wants me to learn English as quickly as possible so he can get his ideas over. I have to brush up on my English! At the moment Lucas Leiva is acting as the translator for me. I am studying English for one or two hours a day four times a week but it’s a bit boring.” The promising defender added.
“But the fact he has spent so much time with me, I think, shows up in good performances on the field. He tells me to get forward, to be attack-minded. When I am defending, he tells me to be aggressive and stay tight to the person that I am marking. When I am going forward, don’t be scared or play with tension. Be relaxed.”
The inference is quite clear. Moreno didn’t feel the same level of support from Brendan Rodgers but now the scenario has completely changed.
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