Alberto Moreno´s inability to clear his lines against Newcastle led to their winning goal. Why did he fail to do it? A lot of explanations has been put forward, all of them wrong. The reason was a common shortcoming among footballers, they´ve only got one useful foot. And it´s inexplicable why they don´t get rid of this defect.
Just before Newcastle scored the ball was loose in the Liverpool box and a clearence was the obvious choice. Liverpool left-back Moreno got to the ball first and could have smashed out of danger. Instead he tried to control it with his right foot and after that hit it with his left foot, his good one. But he never got the chance because a Newcastle player nipped in between the controlling part of the action and the clearing one and put the ball inte the Liverpool net.
This foot-problem is a very familiar sight in football. Almost every player is unable to use both feet, at least they don´t. The reason is they are afraid to mishit the ball. So a lot of times when a certain foot should be used players constantly take another course of action. This happens when the ball is at their weaker foot. They try to shift the ball to the strong foot and then the shot is blocked or not on anymore or a pass is intercepted or a dangerous pass forward must be changed to a meaningless pass backwards because an opponent has got the time to get in the way.
The same happens in defending situations when an easy clearence is transformed to a dangerous attempt for the opposition or as in Moreno´s case, into a goal.
TV experts, commenators, at least the Swedish ones, and football writers explained the Moreno mistake like this: He was caught napping and didn´t realize the danger. His Spanish roots and manager Brendan Rodgers football philosophy made him try to play the ball out of danger instead of hoofing it. Well, these explanations are not accurate. The simple truth is that he didn´t trust his weaker right foot to clear so he tried to give the job to the left one and we all know the result.
I have trouble understanding how professional footballers can be so poor with one of their feet. Check out a football match and you´ll see that they are using one foot in, I would guess 95 percent, of the contacts with the ball. And if they are pressured to use the weaker foot the ball invariably ends up in the wrong place and never where they wanted it to land.
Have you ever seen a concert pianist only been able to play with one hand? Have you ever seen circus juggler only using one hand? No, and they have of course one strong hand and one weak. But they train and make sure that they can do their job with both hands. And you know what? They earn a lot less than footballers who don´t bother to be strong with both feet.
It´s allowed for football players to train both tools of their trade. But for some odd reason most of them choose not to. They are happy with their one-foot ability and don´t feel ashamed that their weakness is found out week in week out in front of millions of viewers world-wide. They are getting their pay cheque anyhow and are content with that.
An argument sometimes pops up is that players hasn´t got the time. Well, I only say Cristiano Ronaldo. He has trained for hours on end to make sure both feet is strong. And now he shoots extremely well with boot feet. It´s impossible to identify his weaker one. So, to be two-footed can be done, it just takes ambition.
If every Liverpool player showed this ambition then we would walk away with the league. But it won´t happen, players are too lazy and more interested going to the tattoo parlour, buying cars, tweeting or getting fancy hair-cuts. When they could have been practising on their football weaknesses. Sad!
When the Liverpool lads get their act together in the foot-issue then:
We (can really) Go Again.