Alberto Moreno believes his critics should “shut their mouths” following his return to form for Liverpool this season.
Moreno looked set to depart Anfield in the summer and was the subject of a £11m bid from Napoli, but Liverpool were only willing to let him leave for £15m.
However, Moreno remained at the club and is now content with the way things panned out after reclaiming his starting position under Jurgen Klopp.
“It is a club I love,” he said.
“So I think people who were saying I should leave should their shut their mouths now.”
“Last season was a bad one for me, I spent almost a year without playing many games. It reflected badly on me and my family, because they weren’t having a good time either.
“When I came back this summer I asked for a chat with the manager. I just told him honestly that I wanted to stay and asked him what I could do to win back my place in the side. In return he was very sincere with me, very honest, because he said he couldn’t promise me anything and told me he was signing a new left-back.
“But the manager encouraged me to keep working and see how things went in the early part of the season and that is what I did. It enabled me to focus on working hard to get back. I had had offers from other clubs but at the forefront of my mind was always that I wanted to stay here.”
“I just saw a stat flying around that said we have had something like 121 shots in the last six games and that’s a massively high number,” Moreno says.
“But for one reason or another, it may be just luck not going our way, the ball is not going into the net. I keep praying that just some of our chances start to go in a little more frequently, because if you look at the majority of our games this season you could argue that we deserved to win.
“Whether or not we are defending well, if we put more of our chances away we would be winning more games and not just because scoring more goals would take some pressure off the defence. But if we have had 121 shots on goal we must be doing something right. We wouldn’t be creating that many chances if we were not playing well.”