There seems to be a lot of debate amongst Liverpool fans over the left back position at Liverpool this summer, and especially since Andy Robertson’s debut after signing from Hull.
Over a number of years players have come to the club and for one reason or another have failed to nail down a regular place as Liverpool’s starting left back. Players like Fabio Aurelio, Andrea Dossena, Jose Enrique and Emiliano Insua have all come and left the club having failed to make any impression in the position.
Last season midfielder James Milner was deployed as a make shift left back after Alberto Moreno played himself out of the team after two particularly terrible performances against Arsenal at the start of last season and against Sevilla in the Europa League final at the end of the 2015/2016 season.
Over the summer a lot has been said about the young Spaniard, with some media outlets claiming that Jurgen Klopp is willing to sell him especially now with Robertson seemingly set to be Liverpool’s first choice left back next season and Milner as his back up.
If Liverpool do indeed sell Moreno I will be sad to see him go. He has been scapegoated by many fans because of the errors he has made since joining the club from Sevilla.
At 25 he is only two years older than Robertson and should be pushing to be Klopp’s number one left back instead of being back up to a midfield player like he was last season.
Moreno is one of the players I always watch when he is on the pitch simply because he is scrutinised by fans every time he plays. No matter what he does he seems to get grief from a certain section of fans.
When Sadio Mane was away last season playing in the AFCON I was vocal in my opinion that Moreno should have being the player to replace the Senegalese winger in the Liverpool attack. He was all the attributes to be a very good attacker. He has pace, is able to cross the ball and in full flow very hard for opposition players to stop. Who can forget his goal against Spurs in his first season at Anfield?
Like a lot of players at Liverpool the lack of real competition for places has for me being one of the main factors Moreno is so error prone. The games he played towards the last season showed glimpses of why Brendan Rodgers brought him to the club.
With Joe Gomez fit the competition for places across all of Liverpool’s defence has intensified and this should be motivation for the likes of Moreno to up his game and try and save his career at Anfield.
Watching him this summer in some of the pre season games it seems he is a different player to the ‘error prone’ player of seasons past. He seems confident on the ball. Knows that when he goes forward he needs to come back and defend and is back to doing the basics well. He does not seem to be taking any risks when it comes to clearing the ball and is making intelligent passes instead of the sloppy ones we have all become accustomed to.
I do not want to see Moreno leave this summer. I think he deserves at least one more chance at the club. With Liverpool playing in 4 competitions this season having him on the bench to add experience could be a valuable commodity.
He would ease the burden on Robertson having to play in all competitions and allow Milner to add cover to Liverpool’s attack and midfield if it is needed at any time during the season.
Resulted in our left channel being exposed numerous times & Moreno being scapegoated but Moreno hardly receives sufficient cover or support
— MR (@MobileRegista) 16 August 2017
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