Does latest transfer speculation suggest Alberto Moreno's Liverpool career is almost over?

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Liverpool have been linked with Schalke’s Sead Kolasinac.

According to a report in the German newspaper Bild and later picked up by Talksport, Liverpool are keen on signing Schalke’s highly-rated left-back Sead Kolasinac this summer.

The 22-year-old is capable of playing in a number of positions, yet he predominantly features at left-back and has made 14 Bundesliga starts for Schalke in that role this season.

Kolasinac is hard-working, wins his fair share of aerial duels and knows how to defend - averaging two tackles, 2.1 effective clearances and 2.5 aerial winners per league encounter.

Liverpool already have three left-back options in Alberto Moreno, Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique, and Klopp’s reported interest in Kolasinac could spell the end for two of those.

Enrique is set to leave the club at the end of his current contract, while Flanagan has just signed a new deal on Anfield following his return from injury - leaving question marks over Moreno.

The Spain U21 international joined Liverpool from Sevilla in a deal which was met favourably by the club’s supporters, considering his form in Spain and reputation as a real speed merchant.

Yet it soon became apparent how Moreno while going forward was a big outlet, his lack of defensive capabilities and positional awareness were evident for all to see.

There seems no sign of improvement from the left-back, and his pace is arguably the only reason why Liverpool haven’t suffered more frequently as the opposition target the space in behind him.

Klopp needs to make some changes this summer in regards to personnel, and his reported interest in Kolasinac could suggest that his mind on Moreno is already made up - seeing him as a lost cause.

While, of course, that is mere speculation and possibly not the case, Moreno’s first-team aspirations at Anfield are in doubt regardless as Flanagan has already proven to be the more complete fullback.

 

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