Atletico Madrid made an approach to loan Alberto Moreno in January, respected Merseyside correspondent Paul Joyce has claimed in a Times’ podcast today.
The Spaniard has spent a season on the bench, having been downgraded to James Milner’s left-back support, having been a starter last season.
In fact, Moreno has only started two Premier League games all season. Despite this, we rebuffed Atletico’s offer, preferring to do a permanent deal with a suitor come the summer.
It will be difficult for Liverpool to stand in Moreno’s way, in truth. He hasn’t kicked up a fuss about being a substitute, but he’s 24-years-old and has caps for the Spanish national team, so deserves game-time somewhere.
Atletico have the superb Filipe Luis at left-back, so we can only assume Diego Simeone wanted Moreno as the Brazilian’s backup.
Moreno is a hard-worker and possesses fantastic energy, but he’s not adapted well to Premier League football, making far too many defensive errors.
Joyce reckons he’ll leave at the end of the season, enabling us to buy Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, who can develop as our long-term option for the left-back role.