Moreno Set to Leave for Free
According to Goal.com, Alberto Moreno is set to leave Liverpool next summer after the negotiations about a new deal have broken down.
Goal’s Liverpool FC correspondent Neil Jones, formerly of Liverpool Echo, says Moreno is now expected to leave when his current deal expires and manager Jurgen Klopp is set to give young Adam Lewis a first-team chance next season.
Even though he has had several periods when he looked like a good player, the Spaniard’s career at Liverpool never really looked like kicking off. Having abandoned his three-at-the-back experiment towards the end of 2014/15 season, Brendan Rodgers, the manager who signed Moreno, preferred to move Glen Johnson to the left side and play either midfielder Emre Can or winger Lazar Marković on the right defensive flank.
Moreno got his chance under Jurgen Klopp and had a few bright moments again, but after that abysmal performance at the Emirates in August 2016 the German played midfielder James Milner at left-back for the rest of the season. Things looked more hopeful for the former Sevilla man at the start of 2017/18, but injury soon forced him to hand his spot over to newcomer Andy Robertson, and Liverpool never looked back. Moreno started just one game this term, the Carabao Cup defeat against Chelsea, and he again failed to impose himself on the manager with a poor display.
Jones doesn’t mention the reason behind the breakdown in negotiations, he only says the player is exploring other options. However, it feels almost certain that Moreno simply isn’t happy (from his own, individual point of view) with playing second fiddle to Robertson.
Unless the situation changes by then, he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January. There have been reports in the Spanish press that Barcelona were looking at him as a potential backup option for Jordi Alba, something the Catalan club don’t have at all at the moment. However, that possibility seems baffling if his wish to leave is truly due to the lack of game-time, as he would find himself in exactly the same situation at Camp Nou.