After a fervent period of speculation, Alberto Moreno’s potential Anfield switch is still on the table as the 22-year-old remains Brendan Rodgers’ primary target at left-back, according to ESPN.
Liverpool have been linked with the Spanish youngster for quite some time now and the Reds even made a bid for Moreno, but Sevilla rejected their offer as they want around £20m for the defender.
However, things could change positively for Liverpool as Sevilla have reportedly signed Liverpool forward Iago Aspas on a season-long loan. The BBC understand that the Spanish club may exercise the right to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign, with a three-year deal already agreed.
Having met Sevilla’s officials earlier this week, primarily to sort out the Aspas deal, a deal for Moreno could be sealed as Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is ‘monitoring’ the possibility of a compromise.
Signing a world-class defender should be Liverpool’s top priority this window. Although it would be a tough task to replace Luis Suarez, especially his goals, a defender is necessary to concede fewer goals as it was Liverpool’s defense that spoiled their title challenge last season.
Liverpool conceded a total of 50 goals last season, and while players like Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson stood up, others like Glen Johnson and the injury-prone Jose Enrique clearly showed Liverpool’s weak-spot. Scoring goals isn’t Liverpool’s problem, it’s their incapability to defend them.
That’s why Brendan Rodgers is eager to sign a new ‘out of this world’ left-back as Jon Flanagan is also able to play on the right side of the field. Adding Alberto Moreno to their squad means that the Reds can count on a defender that likes to run, is able to deliver crosses into the opponent’s box and can also manage to do his defensive duties.