John Aldridge urges Jurgen Klopp to make this Liverpool signing

John Aldridge says Alberto Moreno cost Liverpool in Europa League final

John Aldridge says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp needs to sign a new left-back in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno was heavily criticised following his erratic performance in the Reds’s 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League final last week.

We need someone top class in that position. Someone with the quality of Atletico’s Felipe Luis, for example

John Aldridge

Moreno’s poor clearance and reckless tackle resulted in Sevilla’s equaliser inside 30 seconds of the second half after Kevin Gameiro finished from close range to cancel out Daniel Sturridge’s opener.

The reigning champions were ahead in the 64th minute when Coke curled a superb finish past Simon Mignolet and the Sevilla playmaker added his side’s third with 20 minutes remaining.

The Spanish left-back has struggled with consistency throughout the 2015/16 Premier League season, only reclaiming his first-team spot under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers after Joe Gomez’s injury.

Former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes strengthening the left-back spot is a must this summer.

“I don’t want to blame anyone in particular for the defeat, but you have to look at Alberto Moreno for that first goal,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.

“He’s had so many experiences to learn from this season with his ball-watching, and not being in the right place at the right time, and he seems to become even worse at it.

“When you make a mistake, you don’t do it again – but he carries on shutting off and watching the ball. First and foremost, a left back has to defend, and then focus on putting some good balls into the box. The lad has genuine ability but he suits being a left back rather than being in a flat back four.

“You can’t wholly blame him, but he has made some real mistakes. We need a top left back, quite simply. I don’t know what happened to Jose Enrique, he downed tools and wasn’t bothered, but now we need someone top class in that position. Someone with the quality of Atletico’s Felipe Luis, for example.”

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