Michael Owen reacts to Alberto Moreno’s performance after Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Sevilla

Michael Owen doesn't hold back in his assessment of Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno

Michael Owen criticised Alberto Moreno’s performance after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League final.

The Reds looked to be edging towards a first trophy under Jurgen Klopp after Daniel Sturridge broke the deadlock with a brilliant opener in Wednesday night’s European showpiece in Basel.

However, Moreno’s horror showing in the second half allowed Sevilla back into the Europa League final and the defender’s former club were level through Kevin Gameiro inside 20 seconds of the second half.

Sevilla midfielder Andújar Moreno netted twice in six second-half minutes to turn the final on its head and Liverpool couldn’t find a way back into the game despite Klopp bringing on Divock Origi and Christian Benteke.

Speaking to BT Sport following the Europa League final, Owen felt Liverpool had to carry Moreno in the second half after the 23-year-old struggled to shine against his former employers in his second final for Liverpool.

“At this level when you’re playing against top sides in Europe, you can’t carry any player. You can’t carry anyone making one or two littles mistakes, let alone three or four in one half,” Owen said.

“Moreno cost Liverpool tonight. No dressing it up, he cost them.”

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Moreno was part of the Sevilla side that won the Europa League in 2014.

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