Liverpool should be safe in their attempts to sign Alberto Moreno from Sevilla.
Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao was stretchered off during Portugal’s heavy defeat to Germany at the World Cup and believes his World Cup is over.
It’s a real shame for the defender who transformed his form at Real Madrid last season before nearly leaving the club last summer, but there’s a serious reason Liverpool will be sweating following the injury.
“I honestly think the World Cup is over for me. I’m sure it’s a serious injury, although I hope I’m wrong. Sadly, these things happen in this job,” he told AS.
Coentrao is Real’s primary left-back and the Spanish club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti will be pressing for further news over how long the injury could keep him out for.
If it’s a long term problem and re-appears, then Real will have no choice but to dip into the transfer market to find cover for Coentrao and that could come in the form of a player Liverpool have been strongly linked with singing, Alberto Moreno.
Initial reports suggest that Coentrao’s problem will keep him out for three weeks, which means his World Cup is over but he’ll be able to rest up with Real ahead of pre-season.
The Sevilla stars looks likely to move to Anfield after the World Cup but Los Blancos could still give Brendan Rodgers trouble in finalising a deal for him if they make a play of their own to get him.
What Liverpool have in their favour is that they have reportedly been working on a deal for some time and can play on the idea that Sevilla won’t want to sell to a La Liga rival, making their own chances of progression worse.
Coentrao also signed a new deal with Real last season so if the three weeks out prediction is accurate, they won’t have any need to hijack one of Liverpool’s most important summer transfer plans.