Cafu defends Alberto Moreno’s Liverpool performance – do stats back him up?

Alberto Moreno playing for Sevilla

Brazilian legend Cafu believes that Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno had a good game at the Etihad Stadium, despite his mistake for the first Manchester City goal.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno made his Premier League debut for the Reds against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

It was not going to be easy start to the English top flight for the 22-year-old Spain international, and it proved to be so.

It was clear that Moreno was struggling with the pace of the Premier League and looked a bit tired towards the end of the game.

Moreover, it was the youngster’s mistake that Stevan Jovetic pounced on and scored the opening goal of the game four minutes before the half-time interval.

Moreno failed to clear the ball as he hesitated when fellow defender Dejan Lovren tried to find him with a header inside the Reds’ penalty box, and the City forward slammed it home.

That saw Manuel Pellegrini’s impose themselves more on the match, and they scored two more goals to eventually win the contest 3-1.

However, legendary Brazilian full-back Cafu defended Moreno’s performance while watching the game and took to social networking site Twitter to post the following message:

 

There can no excuses for the way Moreno was caught off guard – it was a goal that a team aiming to challenge for the Premier League title should not concede – but from there on, the former Sevilla star improved.

  Total CrossAccurate CrossTotal TackleWon TackleTotal ClearanceTotal PassAccurate PassDuel WonAppsMins
Alberto Moreno 4 1 4 4 3 42 38 8 1 90

A 90% pass accuracy rate in his first game in the Premier League is a very good stat. Add to that he won all four of his tackles and eight duels, and Moreno does appear to have made a decent start to life in England.

However, against City, Moreno showed an inclination to gallop forward whenever opportunities presented themselves and left space at the back.

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That is something the Spaniard (and manager Brendan Rodgers) may have to check as the season progresses – playing the full-backs a bit more conservatively could make Liverpool defensively stronger.

Whether Moreno starts against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday remains to be seen – he twisted his ankle late on against City – but the youngster is certainly going to improve as he plays more matches in the Premier League.

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