Rodgers reportedly working on deal for Sevilla full back in latest transfer news but how does he compare to Everton, Manchester United & Chelsea target?
Sevilla and Spain left back Alberto Moreno was reportedly in England yesterday, Monday, to discuss contractual terms with potential future employer Liverpool, however, the £16.2 million transfer has pulled up at a possible obstacle today as the La Liga club are demanding the bulk of the money paid up-front, rather than in instalments.
Regardless, manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Moreno is the third signing in what has already been an aggressive recruitment drive adopted by the Reds management, with midfielder Emre Can and striker Rickie Lambert already acquired earlier in the month.
Whilst weak in the air, Moreno is renowned in the Spanish division for his dribbling, crossing precision, positional awareness, interception ability and all-round defensive contributions.
Where he may fit into Liverpool's style of play and Rodgers' footballing ideology, is that he has legitimate pace and is graceful on the football - akin to Fabio Coentrao in the Portuguese's heyday - but how does he compare to established athletes or up-and-coming prospects already plying their trade in the Premier League?
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When it comes to overall left-backing efficiency, it is Everton star Leighton Baines who is the number one.
The Englishman has a terrific passing accuracy, is frequently on the ball (82 touches per game on average, joint second in his position as a defender to Angel Rangel - 93 - and Kyle Walker, also 82) so he therefore has a higher chance of influencing the match, attempted 60 dribbles from 32 appearances and created 49 goal-scoring opportunities.
His defensive contribution is also exemplary (2.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 2.4 clearances each game).
When it comes to attack, Moreno lags behind Baines. His precision in the pass is the lowest out of all four players listed in the data table above, the total amount of passes he attempts is also low - (very low for Premier Leagueleft back standards), attempted little over half as many dribbles as Baines and created far less than half as many chances.
Defensively, though, Moreno is solid - particularly when it comes to intercepting. It also stands to logic that he may be given further license to dribble and contribute in the final third under the tutelage and guidance of Rodgers.