Alberto Moreno has insisted that Liverpool have plenty to look forward to next season, despite missing out on the Champions League.
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The Reds will seal a spot in next season’s Europa League with victory in our final game of the season on Sunday and the full-back has insisted that it mustn’t be considered a bogey prize.
Moreno won the competition with Sevilla in 2014 and his former club are back in the final again this year, looking to lift the trophy for an extraordinary fourth time in the past ten years.
With the added bonus of a spot in the Champions League group stage now available for the winner, the prospect of playing in the tournament is becoming steadily more appealing.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “For any player and any fan, winning any trophy – not least at a European level – is absolutely something positive. We always want to win trophies, let’s face it, and I enjoyed it when we won.
“I’ve been texting congratulations and spoken with a few of them, wishing them all the best for the final. I won’t make the final myself, it’s a long way to go Poland and by that time the season will be over and I can’t wait to head back to Spain and speak to my family and spend some time with my mates. But I will be watching on TV.”
The 22-year-old believes that the competition brings out the best in him and has promised supporters that they will see him hitting new levels of success next season, following a solid first campaign.
“The fans have seen just a part of me so far. I’m young and as a youngster you can only strive to keep on improving so hopefully they’ll see the best of me. It’s down to hard work but what will be, will be.
“I’m a full-back so all my life I’m used to playing that role, so that doesn’t present any difficulties but the wing-back part of it was something that was very new to me.
“But I’ve enjoyed it because I do love the attacking side of the game so it’s nice to get more chance to get forward. Still though you concentrate on getting back to support the three at the back as well.”
Moreno’s got huge potential, but has been largely inconsistent during his first term in England. With a break and a lengthy pre-season under his belt, as well as an increased understanding of the language, we reckon he could start fulfilling it next term.