Alberto Moreno was pictured training at Melwood on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side to face Manchester City at the weekend.
The Spanish left back has been absent from action for Liverpool since he got injured against Spartak Moscow in December. Moreno left the pitch in tears and it was clear to all just how much playing for the club means to him.
After being left on the sidelines last season by Jurgen Klopp, Moreno fought his way back into the German’s plans and has been in fine form this season – even if Andy Robertson has been hugely impressive in his place in the last month.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, Moreno could face Manchester City this weekend as he looks set to follow the rehab timeline that Klopp revealed when he mentioned that the fullback might be fit enough to make a comeback against Pep Guardiola’s ruthless Manchester City side.
The former Sevilla man damaged tendons in his ankle back in December during a UEFA Champions League group stage game and has been on the sidelines ever since as the Reds embarked on an impressive festive period run of form.
While Moreno himself was experiencing a rich vein of form before his unlucky injury, it wouldn’t make sense for Andy Robertson to make way for the Spaniard given that he has been in superb knick in the last month, helping the Reds win some crucial games.
Manchester City is a team that punishes any kind of mistake in your own half of the pitch and with Moreno returning from a semi-lengthy injury spell, it might not be wise to thrust him into the limelight just yet.
For now, I think Klopp should just be happy he has another first-team player to select for games but should give Moreno time to get back into high-pressure situations.
Liverpool are 18 points below Manchester City and are looking to finish second in the league as there is very little chance of catching Guardiola’s side given their rampant form since August.
The last time the two sides met was a humbling 5-0 defeat for the Reds at the Etihad but Manchester City haven’t won at Anfield in the Premier League for 15 years so there is every chance that Liverpool can get a result on Sunday.