Ex-Reds midfielder Steve McManaman has spoken out regarding Liverpool's left-back Alberto Moreno, saying that he should "be hit on the head" to help improve his game.
In a report by the Daily Express, McManaman was said to have made the comments whilst working on BT Sport's coverage of Liverpool's game against Hoffenheim at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Moreno has received plenty of criticism for his defensive displays since joining Liverpool from Sevilla in 2014, losing his place in the starting eleven at the beginning of last season, with midfielder James Milner utilised on the left side of defence as a more solid option.
However, a surprisingly impressive pre-season from the Spanish full-back has persuaded Jurgen Klopp to give him another chance, and he has started three of Liverpool’s first four games this season.
And McManaman says Klopp must tell Moreno to not attack as much as he does in order to get the best out of the 25-year-old.
“He certainly trusts Alberto Moreno,” ex-Real Madrid star said. “He’s had a good pre-season and he offers Liverpool a lot more going forward. “You just feel he doesn’t need to power forward as much as he does and in certain games, like the away game (against Hoffenheim), he got caught out numerous times.
“Sometimes you need to be hit on the head a bit and told ‘just relax, go forward at the right times, don’t go forward every time’.
"I think once he gets that he offers Liverpool a lot.”
Liverpool's next game in the league is against Arsenal at Anfield this Sunday at 4pm.