1 Dec 2015

Anfield Exit? Liverpool could lose 'incredible' £12m star in January. Club already offered him to Madrid

In the dying throes of his Anfield reign, ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly tried to sell Alberto Moreno to Real Madrid, and new reports this week suggest that Los Blancos remain keen to seal a deal for the £12m left-back.

In September, the Express claimed:

* Liverpool offered Moreno to Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.

* Rafa Benitez was initially 'keen' on Moreno as a direct replacement for Fabio Coentrao, but he ultimately 'opted out' of a deal.

According to a weekend report in Spanish newspaper Marca:

* Real Madrid are desperate to sign a new left-back, and Moreno is one of the club's top choices.

* Moreno is an enticing option for Madrid due to the fact he's not cup tied for the Champions League.

Why would Rodgers want to get rid of Moreno after only one season? In a recent column for the Liverpool Echo, Reds legend Jan Molby offered one possible explanation why Moreno fell foul of BR:

"I'd heard rumours Rodgers thought the Spaniard wasn't tall enough for a full-back and wasn't a good enough defender".

Rodgers may have been unconvinced, but Jurgen Klopp doesn't appear to have any doubts. Bar one Carling Cup game (when he was rested), Moreno is an everpresent in Klopp's team, and defensively, he is benefiting from a consistent run of games.

With the lack of fit and/or quality cover, left-back is arguably a priority position for Liverpool right now, and selling the club's only match-fit left-back shouldn't even be an option.

Additionally, Moreno - who, according to ex-Red Neil Mellor, has 'incredible energy' - is one of the only players in the first-team squad capable of providing genuine width, which makes it even more important to keep him in the squad.

In September, I conducted a poll asking fans whether Liverpool should sell Moreno. 51% of participants voted NO to a sale, which is a very slim majority, and suggested (at the time) that many fans were indifferent to the Spaniard.

It's worthwhile conducting another poll now to see if prevailing view remains the same.

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Author: Jaimie K


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