Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the decision to play James Milner at left-back is having the desired effect on Alberto Moreno.
Milner’s role has changed significantly this season as he has been asked to fill in at left-back because of the erratic performances of Moreno but, ever the professional, the 30-year-old has adapted particularly well.
And not only is the Leeds-born star benefitting from the switch, but the highly-criticised Moreno has also responded in training.
“It is good, what I thought would happen when he (Milner) plays the role,” was Klopp’s assessment.
“We didn’t want to make him a left full-back and think ‘Probably he will struggle’.
“That was a really good performance. He was not a left full-back in the last season.”
Milner’s displays have been so good it has had the desired effect on his only rival for the spot.
“One of the best players in training in the last few weeks is Alberto Moreno,” Klopp said.
“He took the situation brilliantly and responded. It is all good.”
Liverpool swept aside Hull in 19 first-half minutes on Saturday as Adam Lallana, Milner – scoring after Elmohamady was sent off for handball – and Sadio Mane converted three of the many chances created.
Substitute David Meyler’s goal just after the break was cancelled out immediately by a screamer from Philippe Coutinho before Milner rounded things off after Daniel Sturridge, with his first involvement after coming off the bench, won another penalty.
Hull – and caretaker manager Mike Phelan – had no answer.
“You always take positives and negatives from everything. I can look at decision-making, selection and what we can do better,” said Phelan.
“It is open to everyone’s opinion if we could have attacked more or defended better but when you go to down to 10 men it changes everything.”