Alberto Moreno lifts lid on relationship with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over exit
Moreno was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2014 and quickly became a regular starter at Anfield.
The left-back found it tougher to convince Klopp that he was first-team material, however, and largely spent his time under the German on the bench.
After becoming somewhat of a scapegoat among supporters, Moreno eventually left in the summer as his contract expired.
Now enjoying life in Villareal, Moreno has opened up on his Liverpool exit to local paper El Periodico Mediterraneo.
“After the Europa League Final (2016) I spent the year on the bench. Then I thought of leaving,” the Spaniard said.
“Klopp told me if I got something really good and he didn’t need me, to talk, but in the end he convinced me to stay.
“And the first day came and I started playing, Premier League, Champions League, always starting.
“[Then-Spain coach Julen] Lopetegui even called me, Lopetegui for the national team.
“But I was injured in December and after I recovered, I no longer played.
“Klopp no longer gave me opportunities. He’s a very good coach, but he decides to go forward with his 13 or 14 players and that works.”
Although Moreno barely featured last season he took part in Champions League final celebrations and Klopp tried to part ways touchfully.
“The most important words to say to these two remarkable players is: ‘Thank you,’” Klopp told Moreno and Daniel Sturridge as their contracts neared the end in June.
“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction. Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.
“I wish both players nothing but success and joy wherever their journey takes them next. Whoever has them next will be so lucky to have these outstanding personalities in their ranks.
“We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: guys, you leave as European champions.”