Early in the summer, Sevilla were reportedly interested in Liverpool left back Alberto Moreno, who grew up at the club and made the move to England from them in a £12M deal in 2014. At the time, though, Sevilla were not willing to meet Liverpool’s £15M asking price.
Now, they just might be, at least according to local paper Diario de Sevilla, who were consistently the first outlet to share information about his transfer to Liverpool back in 2014. However, that now might not be enough to convince Liverpool to let Moreno leave this summer.
An impressive pre-season has convinced Sevilla it might be worth paying £15M to bring Moreno home, but for Liverpool it has also convinced the club Moreno could still have a role to play—and they reportedly told that to Sevilla late last week when the Andalusian club approached them.
If true, it would suggest that Moreno really may have reclaimed the starting job at Liverpool ahead of both James Milner and new signing Andrew Robertson. If he has, it’s an outcome nobody would have bet on at the end of last season, when the Spaniard appeared entirely unfavoured.
Still, unlike fellow outcasts Mamadou Sakho and Lazar Markovic, Moreno was given a prominent role in pre-season. He was given chances to impress. And he did. Now he could be in line to start the first match of the season against Watford on Saturday.
If he does, then Liverpool may have found their first choice left back for the 2017-18 season where they least expected—already at the club, on the chopping block and waiting to be sold.