Alberto Moreno has turned his Liverpool career around this season. So far, though, will be the caveat in more than a few peoples’ minds. Against Sevilla, on the road tonight, he has a chance to move past that. Against the his former club, the club that looked to have ended his Liverpool career, he can get rid of so far.
“It’s going to be an especially big night for one Reds player in particular,” noted former Liverpool star John Aldridge. “It's a big test for Alberto Moreno if you looked what happened in the final against his home town team who he used to play for. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for him that night.
Liverpool owe them a bit of revenge for that defeat two seasons ago in the Europa League final that denied Jürgen Klopp a major piece of silverware in his first year in charge and stopped the club making it back into the Champions League last season. They have a chance now to beat Sevilla and secure advancement.
That goes double for Moreno, who had his worst night as a Liverpool player in that Europa League final, targeted repeatedly by his former club. Liverpool missed out on the Champions League in 2016-17 because of that loss, but Moreno quite nearly missed out on playing first team football because of it.
A win tonight, and Liverpool are through to the Champions League knockout rounds—almost certainly from first place in Group E, too. And with a solid performance, Moreno can just maybe, finally and fully, put his nightmare performance against Sevilla in the Europa League final two seasons ago behind him.
“He's now back on home soil and there will be a lot of friends and relatives watching so it's a challenge for him,” Aldridge added. “Moreno has been playing better this year, but he needs to show he's not that type of player. We owe them a bit of revenge after what happened in the Europa League final in Basel.”