Liverpool’s defensive problems do not begin and end with Alberto Moreno | Jonathan Wilson

The Reds have let in three or more goals four times this season but the main problem is not just in defence but more the lack of a proper holding player

At around 10 to 10 local time on Tuesday Liverpool were leading Sevilla 3-0. The home side were pressing and had had chances in the first half but there was no real sense of danger. Only the knowledge of Liverpool’s past record suggested the game might not be over.

All they had to do was hold out, wait for the storm to pass, avoid doing anything stupid. Alberto Moreno did something stupid.

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Chelsea did not give Mohamed Salah his chance to make it, claims Eden Hazard

• Liverpool the latest beneficiary of Egyptian forward’s eye for goal
• Hazard intends to swap shirts when the teams meet at Anfield on Saturday

Eden Hazard has conceded Mohamed Salah “did not get his chance at Chelsea” as the former club-mates prepare to meet as rivals at Anfield on Saturday, with the Belgian so impressed by the impact made by the winger at Liverpool that he intends to ask after the match for his shirt.

Chelsea had trumped Liverpool in January 2014 to secure the Egyptian from Basel for around £11m when Salah was in effect replacing the departed Juan Mata, only for him to find opportunities limited under the management of José Mourinho. He made six Premier League starts, his top-flight career failing to extend beyond nine hours of football, before loans to Fiorentina and Roma and, eventually, a permanent move to the Stadio Olimpico.

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Swansea’s manager Paul Clement is confident the owners are supportive

• ‘They are not the sort of people to be bullied into making a decision’
• Swans face lowly Bournemouth after six league defeats from seven

Paul Clement is confident his job is not on the line when Swansea City take on Bournemouth at home on Saturday and adamant the Welsh club’s board remain firmly behind him despite growing relegation fears after losing six of their past seven Premier League matches.

That awful run, combined with the fact that Tony Pulis became the fifth Premier League manager to lose his job this season when West Bromwich sacked him on Monday, has shifted the spotlight on to Swansea’s plight and Clement’s position in particular. Clement, however, insisted his discussions with Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, the club’s majority shareholders, remained “positive” and also stated his belief that they were not the sort of people to be “bullied” into making a decision because of fans or media.

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Atalanta run Everton ragged on sorry Europa League night for David Unsworth

Everton did not pick the most auspicious day to announce they have just signed the land contract for a new stadium at Bramley Dock on the Mersey waterfront.

Nearing the end of their doomed European non-adventure, a dead rubber against almost qualified Atalanta fell a long way short of filling the present stadium as the caretaker, David Unsworth, made nine changes from the side who drew at Crystal Palace on Saturday. The only part of the ground where empty blue seats were not conspicuous was the section of the Bullens Road stand filled by 3,000 noisy Italians.

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England have right morals, says Jo Potter as Eni Aluko fallout continues

• Midfielder responds after Aluko accused former team-mates of lack of support
• Potter maintains recent upheaval will not stop them qualifying for World Cup

Jo Potter has said she and her England team-mates “know we have the right morals” as the fallout from the Eni Aluko affair continues.

The squad have been criticised in the wake of Aluko’s complaint that, bar those playing alongside her at Chelsea, she has received no support from her former international team-mates.

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