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Emery explains why he benched Samuel Chukwueze for Gerard Moreno in Liverpool defeat

Emery explains why he benched Samuel Chukwueze for Gerard Moreno in Liverpool defeat

Emery has explained that he had no choice but to start unfit Gerard Moreno because two Nigerian-born attack-minded players in Samuel Chuwkueze and Arnaut Danjuma did not put pressure on Liverpool central defenders Ibrahima Konaté and Virgil van Dijk during the first leg at Anfield.

Asked what he told his players at halftime, Emery said to reporters at the post-match press conference : “We played with Gerard Moreno who is very important for the team in many, many ways.

“We could duel with them very close to their defenders, we couldn’t do that in the first leg, not Samuel, nor Danjuma. We couldn’t win positions with their defence that allowed us to create clearer chances in attack.

“We could do that with Gerard in the first half but he told me at halftime he was feeling pain from his injury again and we knew he was not going to be the same in the second half, but he wanted to play and make a huge effort.”

Source: Allnigeriasoccer

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