Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno gives an insight into life at Liverpool…
Alberto Moreno has admitted that the entire Liverpool squad are focused on giving captain Steven Gerrard the send-off he deserves – a chance to lift the FA Cup on his birthday.
Liverpool host Blackburn Rovers later today, aiming to secure a place in the competition’s semi-finals. The final itself has the potential to be Gerrard’s final game for the club, prior to his summer move to LA Galaxy.
The Reds captain, 34, will call time on his incredible Liverpool career at the end of the season, and while the Reds are fully focused on securing a top-four finish, Moreno knows that the FA Cup is also a major priority.
Moreno, who was quoted by the Daily Telegraph, said: “The Spanish have a word ‘crack’ which means superstar, ‘super-crack’, it means megastar. Steven Gerrard is a ‘super-crack’.
“Since I was a boy I have watched Steven playing and now I have had the absolute fortune of not just being able to share a dressing room with him but to play and train alongside him.
“As a kid growing up he was one of my idols and this opportunity to play alongside him is something that I am never going to forget. It is something that will remain with me forever.
“It will be the perfect present for him, wouldn’t it? To be able to leave the club with a trophy under his belt, that would be fantastic for Steven. But not just for him, it would be a great thing for the team and for the fans as well.
“The fans particularly really deserve it. They support us however things are going in the game; they are always behind us. Winning the FA Cup will be one that we owe to the fans almost. It would be a way of providing a present for them, not just for Stevie.”
The Spanish full-back, 22, has settled well since his summer arrival at Liverpool from Seville. He has become an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ new-look 3-4-3 formation, playing in the left-wing back role, and has already racked up 33 club appearances in all competitions.
In doing so, he has become a firm fan favourite at Anfield, with supporters impressed with his unrelenting work-rate down the flank. A delighted Moreno added: “The reason I came here was because it is Liverpool.
“We are talking about one of the biggest teams around. They always have been and always will be one of the great European sides. They are a historic club and it is not a decision I would change for anything. I am totally vindicated in my decision.”