Spanish 21-year-old international Alberto Moreno Perez impressed once again last night as his team beat Benfica in the Europa League final on penalties. And it’s put Europe’s top clubs on full alert with Brendan Rodgers hoping to be edge ahead in the chase for Moreno’s signature .
The Spanish international full-back is rated in the £20m bracket and has been scouted this season by European football heavyweights including Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
Interest is certainly high but Liverpool can assure Moreno of first-team football week-in week-out – something perhaps the aforementioned cannot guarantee – and the chance to become part of an extremely young, hungry squad guided by the Manager of the Year.
Liverpool are very much a work in progress still and Moreno's diligent development and age does seem to fit the club's and Rodgers' transfer template rather well.
John Flanagan has done an admirable job for Rodgers in an unexpectedly fruitful season for the Reds but his performances curtailed and mistakes were made in the season’s crucial matches. Whilst this shouldn’t be too much of a blight on a wonderful season for the 21-year-old, his future surely lies on the other flank.
Liverpool’s other left-back option, 28-year-old Jose Enrique, is clearly a specialist in the position but rumour suggests Rodgers isn’t truly comfortable relying on the Spaniard in either defensive situations or attacking ones: he lacks the nous to play in Rodgers quick-passing system.
The fact Enrique hasn’t been able to fully recover from a knee operation conducted in November also suggests he may lack consistency of performance going forward.
With this in mind, and considering Moreno’s astute, calm – if not outstanding – performance in Wednesday Europa League final, you’d have to say that the Sevilla full-back would be a fine option for Liverpool moving into the new season.