It feels like he hasn’t played for ages, but Alberto Moreno was one of the first names on the team-sheet at the start of the campaign.
The Spaniard was enjoying his best spell since signing for the club in 2014 and was actually beginning to silence the critics who’d been on his back since he arrived from Sevilla.
As a result, summer signing Andrew Robertson wasn’t getting a sniff.
He was rarely making the matchday squad, with Jurgen Klopp preferring James Milner as a utility option who could play there as well as midfield.
In fact, until December, he’d been given just two starts in the Premier League.
Robertson has explained how a meeting with the boss helped him overcome self doubts and eventually secure the position for himself when Moreno picked up an injury.
“I wasn’t ever going in to say, “Why am I not playing?” or “I’m better than him!”,’ he told the Daily Mail.
“It wasn’t as if I was going in to rant and rave. I just said, “What can I do to get closer to this team and in your thoughts for a matchday?” So he told me, honestly.
“But he opened the door with open arms and explained what I needed to improve. He also said I needed time.
“He knew it was tough for me. He doesn’t like telling you he’s made the decision that you’re not in his squad. I promise you I felt a lot better coming out than I did going in.
“I came out and thought, “That’s it! That’s the chat I needed”. I knew then what I had to do. I used it as motivation to get better and put the time in training so, when a chance came, I’d be the most prepared I could be to go and take it.”
The 24-year-old Scot has been nothing short of exceptional in 2018.
Now, he’s one of the first names on our team-sheet and Moreno’s future looks once again bleak.
In fact, we wouldn’t swap Robbo for any left-back in the top flight right now.
When was the last time we said that about a Liverpool left-back?!