Reds face Moreno fitness blow

18 Mar

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno is a doubt for the trip to Southampton on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury.

Liverpool: Reds face Moreno fitness blowLiverpool: Reds face Moreno fitness blow

The defender, injured in training ahead of the Europa League tie at Manchester United, will have a scan at the weekend but it seems likely Jon Flanagan will come into the side.

Captain Jordan Henderson suffered a bout of sickness at half-time at Old Trafford but should recover in time, but fellow midfielder James Milner serves a one-match suspension.

Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp believes his players are now feeling comfortable with his style of play and that is being reflected in results.

Progress into the quarter-finals of the Europa League at the expense of arch-rivals Manchester United after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford – and 3-1 aggregate win – means they have not lost in 90 minutes since early February.

Included in that sequence is the Capital One Cup final penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City and an extra-time FA Cup loss at West Ham but also takes in wins over City and United.

Klopp believes momentum has been generated by a greater understanding of his tactics and not merely an improvement in confidence.

“The problem with confidence is it is like a little flower: if you step on it, it is away in a second – it is much more difficult to let it grow than to let it die,” said the German.

“It is not only about confidence, it is more about feeling more and more trust in our way of play.

“I don’t know in this moment how much we ran yesterday but especially in the first game it was really intensive but only 112 kilometres (were covered by the players).

“When I started here it was 119, 120 and we didn’t win.

“The only reason for counter-pressing is to win the ball back as quick as possible otherwise you have to make too many kilometres and that makes no sense.

“This is a real development and that is more important than confidence because the players have quality and we always have an offensive line up so it is important we feel better in this style of play.”


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