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Hard Work Paid Off for "Really Happy" Alberto Moreno

Though he had a rough start to the beginning of the season, Alberto Moreno is back and giving it the ol' 157% now that he's back in Brendan Rodgers' starting eleven.

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Joe Gomez transferred to Liverpool as an eighteen year-old up-and-coming centre back, but quickly emerged as an exciting talent at left back in Brendan Rodgers' starting eleven. Gomez's star shone brightly at the expense of Alberto Moreno, who found himself out of favour at the beginning of the season but wormed his way back into Rodgers' good graces with a start in Europa League and performances that have earned him a regular spot in the starting line-up.

"What you’ve got to do is keep working, get your head down in training and work really hard so you’re ready when you get the chance," Moreno said on the completely shocking approach he took to earning more playing time. "The manager thought it was the right time to put me in against Bordeaux and I grabbed my chance.

"I think I’ve done reasonably well since then. I’ve had three more games and I think I’ve played well, but obviously I’m still a young player and I know I can still continue to improve. I hope I’m giving the fans something to cheer about with my play and hopefully I’ll continue to impress them with my performances."

It wasn't so long ago that the young Spaniard was rumoured to be a target of Real Madrid's affections, with the player reportedly tied to a move back home in mid-August. The deal never materialized, but Moreno hasn't allowed the rumours to shake his confidence in where he thinks he should be playing his football.

"I couldn’t feel more settled," he clarified. "I’m really happy, not just myself, but my family. We love the club and the city. When my 50th game happens [against FC Sion], I’ll be so pleased. To have my name among the illustrious players that have played for this club, to have featured in 50 games in just over a year, I’m really happy.

"But I’m not going to settle for that, I don’t want to take that as an achievement, I want to be playing more and more games. I want to be here for many more years and play as many games as I can."

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