According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Alberto Moreno could be set for a move away from Liverpool in the near future. The left back made the move to Anfield back in 2014 after beginning his senior career at Spanish side Sevilla, yet he has struggled to consistently produce the goods for the Reds during his four-year stint on Merseyside.
And reports suggest that European giants Barcelona are keen on the 26-year-old given the reports surrounding the future of Catalans defender Jordi Alba, and were Ernesto Valverde’s team to indeed make a move for the Liverpool star, Jurgen Klopp’s side must take the money and run in what would be an absolute no-brainer of a deal.
Ultimately, things simply haven’t worked out for Moreno since his move to the red half of Merseyside back in 2014, with the left back earning just 137 appearances for the club in that time, 88 of which coming in the Premier League.
And while he was a reasonably regular feature under former manager Brendan Rodgers, playing 28 times in the league in his first season before mustering 32 appearances the campaign after, he has fallen down the pecking order under new boss Klopp, failing to appear in the Premier League at all this season.
In fact, the Spaniard made such a woeful start to the 2016/17 campaign that midfielder James Milner was regularly preferred to him at left back, which was probably the most damning indication that Moreno’s future was away from Liverpool.
Yes, he did well in forcing his way back into Klopp’s plans with 16 appearances last season in the Premier League, but Andrew Robertson has since usurped him in the left back pecking order and is currently streets ahead of the 26-year-old – thus, he simply isn’t going to command regular football at Anfield anytime soon.
As such, were Barcelona to indeed come in for the left back, it would be an absolute no-brainer for Liverpool to sanction his departure, as he simply isn’t good enough for the Reds at present, and isn’t likely to dispose Robertson from the number one left back role anytime soon, if at all.
To his credit, Moreno can often offer a decent outlet going forward when in advanced positions, but he is far too vulnerable and simply not good enough defensively to partake in a backline seeking to challenge for the Premier League title.
Subsequently, while it may come as a surprise to many to know that Barca are interested in the left back, the Reds simply must take the money and run were the Catalans to launch a bid for Moreno – sanctioning his exit is an absolute no-brainer.
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