Mark Lawrenson blames Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool's left-back nightmare

Brendan Rodgers

The former Liverpool defender believes the ex-Reds boss should have further reinforced the left-sided defensive options at Anfield last summer.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he lays the blame for Alberto Moreno's shocking second-half display in the Europa League final firmly at the door of Brendan Rodgers.

Moreno looked all at sea in the second half in Basel on Wednesday night as Sevilla came flying out after the break, and his poor header and weak challenge allowed the Spanish side to equalise just 17 seconds into the second half.

Though the performance of Jurgen Klopp's side as a whole in the second period was a shadow of their first half display, the Spanish left-back, who grew up a Sevilla fan and only left them for Anfield two years ago, was the primary scapegoat for supporters.

It did not stop with the fans, though, as Lawrenson tore into the left-back for his individual mistakes throughout the match.

However, the former Reds defender suggested that the real blame should lie with Klopp's predecessor Rodgers, with the pundit claiming that the former manager failed to ensure that there were adequate left-back options at the club when the summer transfer window closed.

Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live: "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. 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 did not start the season as Liverpool's first-choice left-back, with Rodgers instead showing faith in teenage talent and summer signing Joe Gomez.

However, the 18-year-old suffered a season-ending injury after just seven matches of his Anfield career, and Moreno be came the de facto number one in the position with Jose Enrique completely out of favour.

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