Mark Lawrenson on Alberto Moreno: Liverpool should blame this manager

Mark Lawrenson is critical of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after Europa League final defeat

Mark Lawrenson believes Brendan Rodgers should accept a portion of the blame for Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat on Wednesday night.

Liverpool appeared to be easing towards their fourth triumph in Uefa’s second-tier competition after Daniel Sturridge broke the deadlock ahead of half-time against Sevilla in Basel.

However, Alberto Moreno’s error led directly to Kevin Gameiro’s equaliser before the Spanish defender went on to endure a miserable second half, much to the frustration of Liverpool legends and supporters on Twitter.

But former Reds defender Lawrenson was reluctant to lay the blame solely on Moreno’s shoulders, insisting that Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers was negligent to leave the Merseyside outfit without cover at left-back.

“Let’s rewind. Liverpool didn’t have by the end of August another player who could play left-back unless they moved Nathaniel Clyne from the right,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Jose Enrique was never going to play. I’m sorry Brendan Rodgers gets the blame for me. Moreno has made mistakes all season – basic errors. Where was he for Villarreal’s goal the other week? He was trying to score a goal at the other end.”

Moreno was part of Sevilla’s side that won the Europa League in 2014 before the 23-year-old completed a £12m move to Anfield later that summer.

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Liverpool finished the season in ninth place in the Premier League table.

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