Why Alberto Moreno deserves yet another season to prove his worth at Liverpool
Alberto Moreno deserves another opportunity at Liverpool (Image: Getty Pictures)As Liverpool appear to trim their squad in the finish of one more busy transfer window, Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno has emerged as a feasible outgoing. But immediately after just one season on Merseyside, the 23-year-old deserves a further campaign to prove himself.James Pearce on the Liverpool Echo reports: ‘There are doubts about Moreno’s defensive qualities and that’s why he was overlooked in pre-season and again at Stoke.‘I think much hinges on how he responds to losing his place to Joe Gomez. If he knuckles down and shows the stomach for a fight, I don’t think Liverpool will sell him in this window.‘But if he sulks and the right offer arrives, he could be on his way.’Joining in a deal worth £12million last summer, Moreno endured a hit-and-miss first season at Anfield, but manager Brendan Rodgers’ decision to omit him from his starting lineup for Liverpool’s season opener against Stoke City was a shock for supporters.As Pearce notes, 18-year-old defender Joe Gomez was preferred a left-back despite being a right-sided centre-back by trade.Gomez impressed at the Britannia Stadium, laying on the assist for Philippe Coutinho’s astonishing winner, but with that being his Premier League debut, he may lack consistency in 2015/16.Moreno must be retained, as his quality will be required as the season unfolds.Joe Gomez started for Liverpool against Stoke (Picture: Reuters)A Europa League winner, Moreno joined with a burgeoning reputation as a single of Europe’s top young talents, but Rodgers seemingly misjudged his attributes from the start.‘He’s 22 years of age. He can defend. He’s quick on the recovery and I think everyone has seen his pace and his quality going forward,’ he said in welcoming the Spain Under-21 international.Though Rodgers led by citing Moreno’s capability in defence, his quality has always been the attacking sector.However, despite some early issues with concentration, Moreno’s defensive ability progressed as the season went on, he became strong in the tackle, and better at reading the game.Having turned 23 this summer, Moreno is too early in his career to cast aside for defensive naivety, and his ability going forward can be a useful outlet combining with the likes of Coutinho and Lazar Markovic.As Pearce suggests, a lot will depend on whether Moreno responds well to being dropped at Stoke.But if he knuckles down this season he could develop into a strong left-sided option for Liverpool.