Whether it is a facial resemblance to former fan favourites, tremendous tongue-wagging celebrations, questionable fashion choices, or just delightful goals, Alberto Moreno has done plenty to endear himself to Liverpool fans. And amidst rumours he might be on his way out of the club this summer, despite the protracted transfer saga that brought him there last year, the pint-sized fullback has taken aim at supporter hearts once more, with ambition and professions of love.
"Our aim is to enter the top four, to return to play in the Champions League, and to win a title.
Liverpool has gone a long time without winning something, from 2011-12, and that is our dream. The fans deserve it.
We are a young team, some good players have arrived and, if we combine well, we can achieve beautiful things.
The Scousers want to win everything!"
As much as he offers a compelling offensive threat down his flank, Moreno struggled at times with his defensive positioning next to Dejan Lovren, and was at fault for several goals over the course of the season, most notably when he was too slow to clear while under pressure from Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic, and when giving Hector Bellerin ample space in the box against Arsenal. And while the dolphin-companion is pleased with life at the club and his relationship with the fans, he also reflected on some of the difficulties of adapting to the Premier League.
"The first year was difficult because of the language and change in surroundings, but I played 41 games, that is very good for my age at a club the size of Liverpool.
Perhaps the defensive level [was most hard to adapt to]. This league is very physical, with a lot of up and down. You come up against very quick and incisive players.
You have to be very careful because if you are not accustomed to it quickly you can come unstuck."
While he looked better as a wing back in a system that left him less room for positional mistakes next to Mamadou Sakho, it seems likely that for Moreno to win his spot back from new-boy Joe Gomez, he needs to find a way to provide defensive stability in a back four alongside first-choice CB Lovren. Those who would like to see the club achieve some sort of consistency at what has historically been a problem position will keep their fingers crossed he can.
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