8 tackles won, 8 chances created - big future ahead for Liverpool duo?

Alberto Moreno playing for Sevilla

Alberto Moreno created the second-most chances of anyone on the opening night of the Champions League, while Javier Manquillo was equally impressive.

Three points.

Those two words mean so much in the world of football. And those two words are all Liverpool fans will be focusing on after waking up with a smile on their face this morning.

For, no matter how stressful it was for any supporter to watch the Reds push their opening Champions League tie against FC Ludogorets to the wire, three points were secured and a win - a European win at that - is a win.

The performance, of course, needed significant work and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt get his side playing better as time goes by.

One area in which Liverpool were strong, however, was out wide. Indeed, were it not for their full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo, the Reds might not have been celebrating any points at all.

  TeamPosTackles WonChances CreatedAccurate CrossesFinal-Third EntriesAppsMins
Javier Manquillo Liverpool DF 5 3 3 8 1 90
Alberto Moreno Liverpool DF 3 5 3 10 1 90

As Opta stats from last night's Champions League clash show, both Moreno and Manquillo were tremendous for the Anfield side, with the figures being indicative of what role Rodgers wants his full-backs to play.

For the Northern Irishman, wide defenders are clearly a source of chance creation - and attack, unsurprisingly under Rodgers, is very much the onus.

That much was shown by Moreno creating the second-highest amount of chances out of anyone in Europe last night - notably the one for Mario Balotelli's opener. The Spaniard also made three accurate crosses and entered the final third no less than 10 times.

On the opposite flank, though, 20-year-old Manquillo was on alert for the full 90 minutes, too. The right-back created three chances, completed as many crosses and entered the final third eight times - with one crucial entrance winning Liverpool the penalty that sealed their 2-1 victory.

But neither exactly struggled defensively, either. Indeed, between them, Moreno and Manquillo won eight tackles, with the latter outshining his team-mate in that department. The duo also won five interceptions between them and made four clearances (again, Manquillo was the better man here).

Should such form continue, then, both full-backs look set for a big future at Anfield. During a sluggish display in which the Reds admirably ground out a result in the end, Moreno and Manquillo were two shining lights. Jon Flanagan look away now...

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