The Liverpool supporters were absolutely delighted in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after watching their side put Watford to the sword at Anfield by recording an emphatic 5-0 victory in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s premature exit from the FA Cup meant they were back in Premier League action this weekend following their damaging 2-1 defeat over Manchester United in the previous game week. Jurgen Klopp’s side showed no sign that they were dwelling on their defeat against their bitter-rivals as they turned on the style to comfortably dispatch of Watford on Saturday afternoon. Mo Salah was once again the star of the show as he notched 4 of Liverpool’s 5 goals to take his tally to 28 for the season in the top-flight.
The electric Egyptian deservedly took the plaudits in the aftermath of proceedings, but Liverpool supporters were once again waxing lyrical over Andrew Robertson who looked typically assured on the left-side of their defensive line. Robertson initially struggled to make his mark at Anfield following his transfer from Hull City in the summer of 2017, but since he stepped in to replace the injured Alberto Moreno the 23-year-old hasn’t looked back.
He has quickly established himself as the first-choice left-back at the club ahead of Moreno, and providing he continues to perform in the same vein, the Spaniard will have no chance of winning his place back at the club. With that being said, it’s likely that Moreno will either be encouraged to depart the club this summer, or he will ask Klopp if he can leave to embark on a new challenge where first-team opportunities will be easier to come by.
Regardless of whether Moreno wants to leave the club or not, Klopp should sell him in the summer and replace him with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) in order to improve the quality of his defensive options. In his 4-year stint on Merseyside, Moreno has proven that he has plenty of quality going forward, but that he cannot be relied upon defensively.
For a side who harbour ambitions of chasing the Premier League title next season, that’s simply not good enough, so Klopp must be ruthless and do everything he can to offload him during the transfer window. Replacing Moreno with Shaw carries an element of risk considering he has struggled for regular first-team opportunities this season due to injury problems and Mourinho’s lack of appreciation for his talent, but if Klopp can inject some confidence back into the 22-year-old then he is likely to develop into a fine player.
Moreno has had enough chances to prove himself at Liverpool, and unfortunately, he hasn’t taken them, so Klopp must usher him out of the exit door this summer and seek to replace him by making a bold move for Luke Shaw.
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