Moreno finally a Liverpool player!

In signing a second young Spanish full-back in Alberto Moreno only a week after the arrival of Javier Manquillo Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appeared to have finally become satisfied that he had enough options to cover both full-back positions and his arrival at Anfield will be a concern to Jose Enrique and Jack Robinson as well as Glen Johnson, whose best chance to make the first 11 this season seems to be as a left-back.

Moreno is nearly two years older than Manquillo but his past playing record is similar to his compatriot’s in that he has only represented a club from the city of his birth and progressed from being a youth player to the “B” team and from there into the senior team. So for Manquillo’s Atlético Madrid read Moreno’s Sevilla, the club that earlier in 2014 matched Juventus, Internazionale of Milan and Liverpool by winning the UEFA Cup (or it’s rebranded successor the Europa League) for a third time with Moreno playing throughout the final against Benfica in Turin which the Spanish club won on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra-time. That completed a third season in which the young full-back had played for Sevilla’s first team but in the first of those seasons (2011-12), he had only played once in coming on as a late substitute for Manu in a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao.

2012-13 was the big breakthrough season for the 20-year-old at both club and international level. He played in 15 La Liga matches (12 from the start and 3 as a substitute) and added 2 more appearances in the Copa del Rey. He played at left full-back in all the matches he started (14) with the exception of the away league match at Mallorca in March when he played in a more attacking role as a left-winger or a left wing-back. Moreno is essentially a winger, who has been converted to a full-back. He began to represent his country regularly, appearing in the finals of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championships which were held in Israel. Moreno played in the group matches against Russia and Germany but was left out of the last group match against the Netherlands with the Spaniards having already qualified for the knock-out stage. He was back in the starting eleven for a 3-0 victory over Norway in the semi-final and kept his place for the Jerusalem final three days later when Spain beat Italy 4-2 to take the trophy.

More success followed in 2013-14. Moreno appeared in 76% of Sevilla’s league matches and 12 times in the Europa League as Los Rojiblancos progressed all the way through to the final, where they regained the trophy they had last won in 2007. Even without the European success Sevilla’s finishing league position of fifth would have meant that the club went straight into the group stage of the 2014-15 Europa League. For Señor Moreno, however, the goalposts have shifted because he now has the opportunity of playing in the Champions League for the first time as his new club reclaim their place at Europe’s top table after an absence of four seasons. At international level Vicente del Bosque named Moreno in his provisional squad of thirty players for the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil. The defender might have been disappointed not to make the final 23-man squad but there is no doubt that many international tournaments lie ahead of a man whose best years are still in front of him.

Moreno is quick as lightning so he perfectly complements the way Brendan Rodgers wants Liverpool to play. Moreno is primarily known for his attacking instincts, but is exceptionally quick to return back to defence so his team is not left exposed. Moreno is the latest prosmising youngster to join Liverpool and the future certainly looks bright at Anfield.

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