Alberto Moreno says he felt an “inner rage” at being left out of the Liverpool team by Brendan Rodgers but wants to “stay forever” at Anfield.
The left-back started Liverpool’s first four games of the season on the bench, with Rodgers preferring to use Joe Gomez in his place.
Moreno said: “I perhaps felt that he (Rodgers) didn’t have quite so much confidence in me, certainly at the start of the season, He told me I was training hard, but then I didn’t start for those first five or six games.
“He said to me that it was still early in the season and that my opportunity would come but after the first game against Stoke, when we kept a clean sheet, he said he wasn’t going to change anything defensively at that point. But he did say the chance would come.”
Moreno was linked with a return to La Liga while out of the side, but the 23-year-old insists he never contemplated a move away from Anfield.
“I am staying here, that’s for sure,” said Moreno. “That is one thing. But it is true that I was out of the team. I was angry. It never entered my head that I was going to leave. I want to stay forever.
“But I had this inner anger, a rage almost. I felt I was playing well, training well. He told me that I was training well. But I couldn’t see why I wasn’t getting a chance.”
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