Emotional Alberto Moreno conflicted about Liverpool move
Spanish defender ‘mourning’ his departure from Sevilla, the club of his life
Alberto Moreno has left Sevilla FC for Liverpool. Photograph: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images
The 22-year-old arrived at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday to finalise a €15 million move to Anfield after Sevilla relented in Liverpool’s long pursuit for the left-back.
Moreno was pulled from his side’s starting line-up to face Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup in Cardiff on Tuesday night and bade a tearful farewell to fans and team-mates after the 2-0 defeat at the Millennium Stadium.
“I am living a strange situation because I’m leaving the club of my life,” Moreno told ABC de Sevilla “I was always aware of the two teams (trying) to agree. I never got into that but Sevilla have understood that Liverpool’s offer was good and I am going.
“(I have) many feelings together. What happened on the pitch, with the fans, will remain forever etched on me and I could not help but mourn (the departure) because I did not expect it. First came the parting with colleagues, then with the fans...all very complicated.
“Liverpool are a great team and of course I’m super-motivated. I hope things go well.”
Moreno’s arrival will be the eighth through the doors at Anfield this summer, although Belgium striker Divock Origi has immediately returned to former club Lille on loan.
Acquiring the defender, providing much-needed competition for Jose Enrique, will take manager Brendan Rodgers’s spending past the €110 million mark this summer. However, that has been significantly offset by the €94 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and offloading high-earning goalkeeper Jose Reina to Bayern Munich, while the imminent sale of Martin Kelly to Crystal Palace could bring in another €2 million and a fee, believed to be in the region of €12 million, is reportedly agreed with Sunderland for striker Fabio Borini.
The future of Denmark captain Daniel Agger remains in doubt now Rodgers has six centre-backs to choose from but for one of that group the way forward is clear. Trabzonspor were keen on veteran Kolo Toure but the Ivory Coast international intends to see out the final year of his Reds’ contract.
“Trabzonspor are interested in me but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player,” Toure told Sport-Ivoire. “Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool. The season is full of matches in the league and Champions League and I know I have time to prove I’m still hungry but I know I will not play every game, that’s for sure.
“I had talks with the coach, who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. I feel good physically and at 33 years of age I am ready for any challenge. I continue to work hard in training to keep up the momentum and it is why the coach wants to keep me at Liverpool, because I am a fighter.
“I intend to start the season with the same goals; to enable the club to progress and to please all fans of Liverpool. It is a privilege to be at Liverpool. I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club. The situation can change at any time but for the moment I am at Liverpool and I want to carry on with the club.”