Aldridge outlines where Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno still needs to improve

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John Aldridge is keen to see Alberto Moreno work on a key area of his defensive game.

Aldridge has told the Liverpool Echo that Moreno, 22, is still costing the Reds goals due to his lack of ability to close down crosses.

The former striker said: “I hope they [the coaches] are right on to Alberto Moreno about his alarming habit of allowing crosses to come into the penalty area.

“He defends with his hands behind his back in the penalty area. It puts him off balance, and means he can't get close enough to his man to stop the ball coming in. It's basic stuff, and it needs ironing out sharpish.”

Moreno has been impressive in the 38 appearances he has made for Brendan Rodgers’ men so far this term, following his summer transfer from Sevilla.

The Spaniard has played all along the left side of the pitch, but has showed an impressive adeptness as a left wing-back, or in a more advanced role with Rodgers utilising wide midfielders in a 3-4-3.

This allows him to show off his offensive game - with which he has netted two goals - and hides the fact that he is just not a fantastic defender at the top level of the game.

Aldridge is right to highlight his willingness to turn on opponents when facing up to them, although there are other areas of his game that need working on.

The youngster's defensive positioning leaves a lot to be desired, and this plays into his inability to defend crosses.

He has shown an impressive potential this term, and playing alone on the flank means that his weaknesses are shown up much more highly than if he was doubling up with either a natural full-back or a natural winger.

At his young age their is still plenty of time for Moreno to develop further, and it would come as no surprise to see him a top level full-back in the future.

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