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Alberto Moreno celebrates with Liverpool fans after Villarreal beat Manchester United in Europa League final


Alberto Moreno celebrated after Villarreal beat Manchester United in the Europa League final (Instagram/Getty)

Alberto Moreno sent a special message to Liverpool supporters after Villarreal beat Manchester United in the Europa league final on Wednesday evening.

The game ended 1-1 in normal time and was settled by a tense penalty shootout, with United goalkeeper David De Gea missing the crucial spot kick.

Moreno, who spent five seasons at Liverpool before he joined Villarreal in 2019, came on as a substitute in the Europa League final and scored his penalty in the shootout.

During his post-match celebrations, Moreno was joined by plenty of Liverpool fans in his Instagram live video.

And during his celebrations, the defender said: ‘For all the fans of Liverpool, vamos! Man United get out! Get out, Man United! You’ll never walk alone, siempre [always].’

Speaking before Villarreal’s final, Moreno admitted he was unhappy with the criticism he had received for his display in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2016.

‘I still don’t understand the amount of criticism,’ he told The Guardian.

‘On the first goal they nutmegged me, sure. But I’m a defender. Players get past Sergio Ramos, the best centre-back in the world. Why can’t it happen to me?

Alberto Moreno celebrates with the Europa League trophy (AP)

‘To this day I don’t understand why I got so, so much criticism, when the whole team didn’t play well. The finger was pointed at one player and I don’t think that’s OK. People blame you. Only you. It was like I lost the final. It’s hard. You can’t get it out of your head.

‘You look at the paper, at social media – I don’t usually pay much attention to social media because it’s all so false – and read things. ‘Alberto, Alberto, Alberto, Alberto.’

‘I’ll go to my grave not understanding why I got all the blame.’

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