Danny Murphy leaps to defence of Alberto Moreno after Liverpool's Europa League final defeat

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The former Liverpool midfielder believes focusing purely on the left-back's performance is unfair.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that it is unfair of supporters and pundits to blame Alberto Moreno for the club's Europa League final heartbreak as too many stars did not turn up.

The Reds collapse from 1-0 up at half-time to lose 3-1 to Sevilla in Basel on Wednesday night and see their hopes of a trophy, and of securing European football for next season, go up in smoke.

During and after the match, much focus was placed on Moreno's performance after the left-back was at fault fir his former side's equaliser just 17 seconds into the second half.

Liverpool supporters certainly felt as though the Spaniard was to blame, and launched a stinging tirade at the 23-year-old on social media after the defeat.

However, Murphy insists that to place the blame purely on Moreno would be to miss the point, as he believes that virtually none of the Liverpool starting XI were good enough on the night.

The midfielder-turned-pundit told talkSPORT: "We know Moreno isn’t the best defensively, but he’s a young player playing against his old team – it was a difficult night for him.

"He got nutmegged, he had a bad header and he got done, but those two small mistakes weren't the reason Liverpool lost, let’s make that perfectly clear. I think it’s unfair for fans to start saying ‘he’s useless’ add ‘he’s cost us the game’ - No he didn’t!

"He had a small impact on the result, of course he did, and he’s got to work on his defending, but too many other players didn’t stand up to be counted. Only three or four players, max, played to about 7/10 of their potential. Too many underperformed."

Despite Murphy's defence, Moreno is likely to be one of several players replaced in the sumer transfer window after an inconsistent season, with Robbie Fowler tweeting on Thursday that he believes the final heartbreak could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the club.

However, there is no doubt that it was a bitterly disappointing end to an otherwise relatively successful first seven months under Jurgen Klopp for Liverpool, who will now face a campaign without European football in their first full season with the German manager at the helm next term.

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