Liverpool finally 'closing in' on ideal £18m left back solution

Alberto Moreno Perez

Liverpool could finally land their left back solution after chief executive Ian Ayre reportedly flew to Spain to snap up Alberto Moreno.

The Reds saw their defence fall apart in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace at the end of last season – a result which ultimately ended their title hopes. Reinforcements in the back line have to be a priority for manager Brendan Rodgers, despite needing to replace star striker Luis Suarez too, and one area needs particular attention.

Left back Jose Enrique missed the majority of the season with a serious knee injury, and that left Liverpool short there, forcing either Jon Flanagan or Glen Johnson – primarily right backs – into roles on the opposite side.

With the World Cup stealing the limelight this summer, new names appeared to be on Liverpool's radar; Argentina's Marcos Rojo and Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez for instance, but it seems that the club are continuing to pursue a player who missed out on a spot in Brazil.

Sevilla's Alberto Moreno has become a star in La Liga since breaking into the side back in 2012, but missed out on a place in Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad as a backup to Barcelona's Jordi Alba. Regardless, the 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, and seemed close to a move to Anfield in June, only for Sevilla to reveal that the deal had broken down, leaving the Reds to look towards alternatives.

The deal now appears to have turned again, with reports suggesting that CEO Ayre has flown out to Spain in order to conclude the deal with the Andalusian outfit, which will see Moreno sign for Liverpool in an £18m deal. Speedy and potent going forward, Moreno appears to be the perfect player to come in at left back and displace compatriot Enrique.

£18m may seem steep, but given that Liverpool now have the Luis Suarez money to play with - all £64m of it - they can afford to take a calculated gamble on a player who has tons of potential in Moreno.

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