The frustrating spell of Alberto Moreno in Merseyside is finally at its conclusive days as the player is reportedly set to leave Liverpool next year on a Bosman transfer when his contract will expire after five dreadful campaigns.
The 26-year-old defender joined the Reds from Sevilla back in the summer of 2014 having won the UEFA Europa League title under the then boss Unai Emery and was lauded as the future sensation of Spanish football for his exciting attacking attributes down the left flank. The left-back featured as the first choice in his first two seasons but his howlers saw Liverpool losing the Europa League title to his former club in Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge. Moreno never managed to regain a regular status ever since and the arrival of Andrew Robertson made it further difficult for the Spaniard to revive his career at Anfield.
He, as per reports, is now linked to a reunion with former boss Emery who is in charge of Arsenal as he is eyeing more stability down the left-hand side of their ‘back four’. Nacho Monreal has been exceptional but will turn 33 in February whereas Sead Kolasinac is having a difficult time to adapt to Premier League football despite making an energetic start to his Gunners career.
Moreno, on the other hand, was having a decent run in the early months of the previous campaign but had to make way for Robertson following an ankle injury. The Scotsman grabbed his chances and earned a first-team status forcing Moreno to stay among the substitutes. The Spaniard, meanwhile, failed to fight his way back in Klopp’s plan following a few unimpressive cup outings and his calamitous display versus Chelsea saw the Reds losing 2-1 at Anfield in a recent EFL Cup fixture. His defensive lapse allowed majestic Eden Hazard to score a spectacular late winner and the outing eventually put an end to Moreno’s Liverpool future.
The Reds tried to offload him last summer but none meet their valuation and in spite of new contracts talks a few months back, the Reds seem to have lost their trust in the left-back. His departure for free might hand the club a financial loss, but the bargain signing of Robertson has indeed balanced the books and the promotion of academy prodigy Adam Lewis as his understudy should benefit Liverpool in the longer run.
Emery, meanwhile, has worked on Hector Bellerin’s defensive game which has been an issue for years and must do the same with Moreno whom he once trained for a few months while in charge of Los Hispalenses. The player is reportedly having offers from Real Madrid and Barcelona but will have to wait for chances similar to his Liverpool stint. A move to Arsenal might hand him a lifeline to start afresh and Moreno must grab the opportunity to work on English environment in a new setup.