Speaking to the Liverpool Echo today, Enrique conceded that he'll have to be 'patient' this season, and hailed the impact of the man who will ultimately replace him in the team:
“Moreno did really well and scored an amazing goal. For me the best thing about it was the pressing to win the ball back. That was half of the goal. How he finished was unbelievable".
It was indeed a fantastic goal; very John Arne Riise-esque, and if Moreno can have a similar impact to the Norwegian (arguably one of LFC's best left-backs of the last 30 years, especially going forward), then the £12m paid for the Spaniard will - in retrospect - seem like a massive bargain.
Liverpool legend John Aldridge is an early-fan of Moreno, and after the Spurs game, he raved:
"Moreno will be our best Left-back since the great Stevie Nicol"
In my view, it's way too early to get carried away. Moreno got caught out repeatedly against Manchester City, and was at fault for two of City's three goals. Granted, it was his debut, but consistency is the key, and it will be interesting to see how he performs over the next 10-12 games.
As for emulating Nicol - that's a tough act to follow. Indeed, in 1989, Nicol won the Football Writers' Association's 'Player of the Year' award, which is a tremendous achievement, especially since he's the only defender in the last 60+ years to win that award.
if Moreno can achieve that, then he can be mentioned in same breath as Nicol. Until then, I'll just be happy to see him emulate Riise.
Author: Jaimie K