An unwise man once said, "More Moreno begets more Moreno so it is only natural that more Moreno continues to beget even more Moreno." Here we are with more unfettered Alberto Moreno to contemplate merely days later.
Moreno returns to the city of his birth next week as Merseyside’s finest seek to secure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages with victory against Sevilla. Yes, the same team that managed to [redacted].
"I live for Liverpool," Moreno said with a level of giddiness that we all should cherish in footballers. "I love Liverpool. I always want to win when I am wearing the shirt of Liverpool. I’ll fight hard for victory like I do every time I pull that shirt on.
"It’ll be a special game, if I am selected to play. Lots of family and friends will be going to watch it. But irrespective of the occasion, we will be going there to win to get us as high as possible in the table, because we’re also mindful we’ve got one more home game to come, against Spartak.”
Moreno went on to discuss the similarity between Sevilla and Liverpool fans, mottos, and stadiums. It was all quite inspirational and diverting, but there is a job to do and new ground to walk upon. The 25-year-old has never played in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but a man reborn so brightly must taste the ripe fruits of the land of milk and honey.
As ice thaws and chilly winds subside, Europe’s cream lock thorns in a contest where there can only be one. Still, Liverpool and Moreno must do the needful to even dare adding another dizzying chapter to the history of this grand, storied football club.
“I’ve only played in the group stages of the Champions League, so to get through to the next round would be really special, as I’m sure it would for everyone here,” said Moreno, underlining the abject desolation that has been Liverpool’s relationship with Champions League football since the Rafa era ended.
“It’s been a few years since we got through as a club to the knockout stages. The fans deserve a happy event like that.”
Yes, we do deserve the minimum requirement from such a kindly group. Moreno knows, and just maybe, he always did know. Maybe he knew even during the bitter unravelling against Sevilla in second half of the Europa League final. Yet this appears to be a season of restoration for Moreno, and Liverpool could settle a score with Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with the help of a son of the city.