Manchester United legend Roy Keane has stuck his boot into Alberto Moreno, claiming that the Spaniard will cost Liverpool a lot of games after his diabolical performance against Sevilla in the group stage of the Champions League. The Reds squandered a three-goal lead on Tuesday, 21 November to end the game at 3-3, leading to a massive outcry from fans and pundits alike.
Two first-half goals from Roberto Firmino and one from Sadio Mane put the Reds on course to qualify for the knockout stages, but the hosts struck back in the second-half through a Wissam Ben Yedder brace and a 93rd minute equaliser from Guido Pizarro.
Moreno was in the limelight as he gave away a needless free-kick that led to Sevilla's first goal and conceded the penalty for the second.
Keane, who has long been a chief adversary of the Reds' defensive frailties, ripped into Moreno, stating that even a child would abstain from making the decisions he had made over the course of the game.
"What he's doing for the penalty, you wouldn't see a child doing it. It's pure madness for an international player to do that. You look at the free-kick he gave away, that's nothing to do with the manager. This has nothing to do with team shape or mentality," Keane told the Daily Mail. "I know it's a team game, but sometimes you have to point the finger and say, 'You're killing us, you're costing us'."
Keane admits that in the short-term, the team has enough quality to win most football matches, but he believes they will continue to struggle against the bigger teams as long as Moreno remains in the side.
Liverpool face Chelsea this weekend at Anfield, but their performance in Spain leaves a lot to be desired if they are to compete for the big prizes.
"Liverpool will win a lot of football matches, but when it comes to the big games, they're going to come up short because they've got a couple of defenders who just aren't good enough and they'll always get found out," he said.