It was a euphoric opening day victory for Liverpool, coming out the better end of a seven goal thriller, but there remained reasons for concern, particularly in the form of one ponytailed left back. By half-time with the score tied, Alberto Moreno was being savaged across social media for his antics and it’s hard to disagree with the overwhelmingly critical consensus.
It was horrendous seeing him out there at the Emirates. The Spaniard sliced down Theo Walcott in the box, giving away a penalty, which Walcott then missed, before losing the England speedster a minute later, allowing him to atone for his earlier error by putting the Gunners ahead. The moment Alex Iwobi picked up the ball sought out Walcott, Moreno was 30 yards too far up the pitch, naively running aimlessly down the left anticipating an attack.
But it is not just this performance that has riled the supporters. He has had two seasons of inconsistency and teams have targeted his side as a weak spot in the Liverpool team. Most notably, the recent 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final was kick-started by Moreno’s concentration lapse, early in the second half. Admittedly, he’s rather good when bombing forward but at times seems so inept at doing the fundamental basics of defending you just cannot justify his position in the team.
Jurgen Klopp has a squad now assembled at the very least to challenge for the top four and – who knows – perhaps even the title itself. In a season where many of the bigger teams are adjusting to new management and philosophies, Klopp has been moulding much of his squad for six months in the season prior, and his new signings are players used to playing his high-intensity game. However, I’m perplexed that Moreno remains now the only qualified left back at the club, given the decision to loan out Jon Flanagan.
Long-term transfer target Jonas Hector has recently agreed a contract extension with Koln which is a blow for Klopp. However there are many more fish in the sea. From Ricardo Rodriguez of Wolfsburg to Andrew Robertson of Hull, there are plenty of
avenues Liverpool could explore, although they may have to fork out more cash than they would like, due to the inflated nature of the market.
Of course Moreno will stay, and he probably should. For all his faults he remains a player who is endorsed in the Klopp way of playing and he is still only 24 so can still learn and develop his game. But at this moment, the Spaniard really is hampering his team’s ambitions and a much more assured name is required to cement the obvious crack. In an ideal world, Moreno would be tadalafil vardenafil able to improve his own game through watching a more accomplished player in his position. Either way, a signing is absolutely essential.