9 Apr 2016

Ref Blasts: 'Reckless' £40k-a-week Liverpool star should've been sent off vs. Dortmund. Agree?

Reckless challenges/decisions are an unfortunate hallmark of Alberto Moreno's game, and the Spaniard was at it again on Thursday, with a shockingly bad challenge on Borussia dortmund's Christian Pulisic. In my view, Alberto deserved a straight red card for his dangerous tackle, and ex-Ref Graham Poll has slammed Carlos Velasco for failing to punish the challenge.

Reacting to Moreno's two-footed lunge, Poll barked:

"Moreno was fortunate not to see red for his dangerous challenge. It was double-footed, off the ground, the player arrived at speed and looked to be out of control. The fact that he wasn’t even booked is inconceivable. Moreno was reckless".

Velasco ignored a potentially leg-breaking challenge, but booked several players during the game for comparatively minor infractions. It doesn't compute, and as Poll argues, it's an example of 'weak officiating' at Europa League level.

The bigger issue, though, is Moreno's utter recklessness in making the challenge. Liverpool were not under any kind of pressure, so why lunge in like that?

What makes it even more ridiculous is that Moreno was one of five Liverpool players at risk of suspension for the second leg, so you'd think he'd take extra care to avoid yellow cards.

This kind of challenge needs to be eradicated from the game ASAP. I've suffered a broken leg as a result of a similar challenge, and if Moreno had connected, Pulisic would probably be in hospital right now, facing 8-10 months on the sidelines.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge summed it in a recent column for the Liverpool Echo:

"Moreno can look good going forward at times, but positionally he leaves us wide open...and he's so rash in his decision-making".

Last month, Reds hero Jamie Carragher insisted that Moreno 'has to come out of the team', and with any luck, Klopp will replace him this summer.

Author: Jaimie K


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