Alberto Moreno believes his critics should “shut their mouths” following his return to form for Liverpool this season.
The 25-year-old spent the last campaign on the Liverpool bench and made just two Premier League starts after losing his position at left-back to James Milner.
He looked set to depart Anfield in the summer and was the subject of a £11m bid from Napoli, but Liverpool were only willing to let him leave for £15m.
However, Moreno remained at the club and is now content with the way things panned out after reclaiming his starting position under Jurgen Klopp.
“I am very, very happy, personally, with the way things are going,” he said. “Things were bad over the summer – the word was that I would be leaving.
“However, at no point did I agree with those claims. I wanted to stay and fight for my place and that is the mindset I had when I came back for pre-season.”
Moreno has started eight games in all competitions this for Liverpool this season and maintains he is fully committed to the club, despite a year of uncertainty.
“It is a club I love,” he added.
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“So I think people who were saying I should leave should their shut their mouths now.
“When I returned for pre-season, I told the manager I wanted to stay. He [Klopp] was very sincere when he said, ‘I can’t promise you a place in the side and I am signing a new left-back’.
“Then Andy Robertson came to the club, but the manager encouraged me to keep working and see how things go and what is what I did.”
Liverpool travel to Newcastle on Nissan Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.