Two years after signing Alberto Moreno - Liverpool's left-back needs to be taking out of the firing line

Arsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno

Moreno's deficiencies were on show again during Liverpool's win over Arsenal

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno concedes a penalty against Arsenal's Theo WalcottLiverpool's Alberto Moreno concedes a penalty against Arsenal's Theo Walcott

It's two years to the day since Liverpool signed Alberto Moreno and it's safe to say that Liverpool fans will have been sleeping easier if the Reds had signed another left-back this summer, and didn't have to worry about the Spaniard lining up week in, week out. 

Moreno appears to have used up the vast majority of patience from nearly all of the fans. They want someone more reliable, stable, and less error prone.

However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is patient enough to stick by him. According to the Daily Express Klopp is prepared to persevere with the Spaniard. 

But after his erratic first half against Arsenal, it seems the 24-year-old needs to be taken out of the firing line at the very least. The Liverpool Echo are reporting that James Milner will return from a heel injury and start at left-back when the Reds take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday. 

Arsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Liverpool's Alberto MorenoArsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno

Either way, it does feel like that Moreno needs to be taken out of the firing line. He has been fiercely criticised for his performance against Arsenal - in the first half in particular as he gave away a penalty for bringing down Theo Walcott - when it actually seemed easier to just clear the ball - and for getting caught out as Arsenal countered to open the scoring through Walcott.

Some would say that is part of the reason Liverpool conceded because Moreno had committed to a counter-attack and one of his teammates was the main cause, but it's that particular gung-ho attitude that hasn't aided him either.

His nightmare display in the second half of the Europa League final was the final nail in the coffin for many and are aghast that he's still here. 

Arsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Liverpool's Alberto MorenoArsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Liverpool's Alberto Moreno

However, he retains the manager's faith but some time away from the first team is what is needed for Moreno. He needs to work on his shortcomings on the training ground so he can put any improvements into practice in the heat of a game - it worked for Dejan Lovren at centre-back last season, and the Reds were rewarded with some improved performances. 

There is an opportunity for Moreno to maintain some match sharpness next week when Liverpool head to Burton Albion in the League Cup with Milner taking over responsibility until the international break. 

If Moreno stays at Liverpool he needs some time out of the spotlight, and whenever he returns to the side he needs to be as unnoticed as possible. That would mean solid performances, it would almost mean dependable. Given he's only 24, these are things that he should be capable of learning. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Jurgen Klopp has not given up on him just yet. 

Without doubt, he needs to show that improvement, otherwise his Liverpool career will be shorter than he would have liked. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with substitute Alberto MorenoLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with substitute Alberto Moreno

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