New Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has begun life on Merseyside with a bang after scoring his best ever goal in only his second appearance for the club, according to the player himself.
The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the Spanish international left-back weeks before the World Cup started, and it came as a surprise to many that it took so long to compplete a reported £12 million deal.
Arriving midway through August, the 22-year-old didn’t have long to integrate himself amongst the buoyant Anfield dressing room before making his Premier League debut during Liverpool’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City.
Despite the disappointment of a debut loss, the former Sevilla man wasn’t too downhearted as he helped Brendan Rodgers’s side bounce back by scoring in the subsequent 3-0 rout of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
His goal, a 40-yard run followed by an arrowed finish, was lauded back in Spain as a ‘Golazo’, and Moreno himself admitted on the Soccer Saturday show that it was his best ever.
“I was really pleased with it. Even as a kid, I swear, I never scored a goal as good as that growing up as a youngster," he explained. “The main thing though is that, because it’s such a tough league to play in, it was important for me to score an early goal. It filled me with confidence to score so soon in the season. It was certainly the best in my career so far.”
Moreno represented Sevilla 45 times in La Liga since coming through their youth academy, scoring three goals.
During his time in Spain, he helped the club win the Europa League and was rewarded for such fine displays by gaining international recognition during the World Cup qualifiers.