When Alberto Moreno first signed for Liverpool I was ecstatic. Finally, I thought as I was beginning to think of the first long term world class left-back for Liverpool since the days of John Arne Riise. However, Alberto has since left me to eat my words with very little to justify that he should be at Liverpool for a long time.
But this isn’t about Alberto Moreno last year, this is about him in his most recent season. The former Sevilla man is one of the biggest downfalls in the Liverpool starting line-up. Most counter attacks we get caught out with the opposition coming down his side of the pitch, where you are supposed to be defending Alberto, not playing as a Ronaldo wannabe on the left wing.
Alberto Moreno has proved he is just as thick headed and as thoughtless as Simon Mignolet. The inability to learn from mistakes and adjust his game to make him a brilliant player is just baffling.
The man oozes potential and talent to become one of the league’s best full-backs yet he is constantly holding himself back from that title as the games go on throughout each season. In my personal opinion, Alberto Moreno is either going to learn to defend and stay back or he should be adjusted to play as a winger. A bit like Gareth Bale in a sense, if he can not adjust to either roles he should be sold this summer.
The ruthlessness of Klopp will not stand for players like Alberto who, never learn from their mistakes, examples being the binning of Mignolet for Loris Karius and the potential binning of the disastrous Martin Skrtel. Alberto seriously needs to re-evaluate himself.
He started the season off as a second choice to Joe Gomez who had just come in during the summer and looked ten times the player at just 18 years of age. Alberto must have been feeling lucky when Gomez picked up an injury that would keep him out for the season, although he continued to be an absolute disaster at the back, until Klopp’s arrival that is. With him looking a sensation in defence and attack during November and December under Jürgen.
The most notable game would be the 6-1 win against Southampton, in which Moreno got two assists. All was looking peachy and then came 2016. Moreno fell apart with him losing brain cells as fast as a goldfish loses it’s memory. Fans have started turning on him after a disastrous game in the Europa League final which many fans claim Alberto single handedly lost with his defensive efforts.
It’s common knowledge that left-back is a problem area for many teams but Liverpool have struggled more than most since Riise left the club. Jose Enrique and Aly Csissokho are two pitiful fullbacks that preceded Moreno. Enrique, Moreno’s compatriot was released from his contract at the beginning of May so Liverpool are shortchanged where left-sided fullbacks are concerned.
The club has been linked with a number of left-backs in recent weeks. Jonas Hector, Raphael Guerreiro and Ben Chilwell are all players that Klopp supposedly has an eye on.
At final look, Alberto has the potential to become a world class left-back, whether he chooses to learn from mistakes or not to is a different story. With Klopp having made a number of defensive changes already it would be nonsensical to rule out a new left-back coming in to provide competition for Moreno.