Klopp hails Moreno for turning Liverpool career around

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Alberto Moreno for turning his career around at Anfield.

Moreno, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, only made two Premier League starts in the whole of last season as James Milner became the club’s first-choice left-back.

The arrival of Andrew Robertson during the summer was expected to push Moreno further down the pecking order, and ultimately lead to a move away from the club.

However, the 25-year-old has reclaimed his position in the Liverpool XI this season – already making 16 appearances in all competitions.

Klopp has revealed that he had an open discussion with Moreno before the start of the 2017-18 campaign, and has hailed the Spaniard for answering the challenge.

Klopp told Liverpool’s official website:

“Before the season, he came to my office and asked again, and I told him we (would) get another full-back, but it was not the plan for Milly (James Milner) to be in the full-back race again, so you decide what happens – and he decided it.

“How he reacted on last year is really, really good. He’s now a much better defender. That’s how it is; he’s a brilliant footballer.

“When you see him shooting here, you think he cannot shoot – he shoots like crazy. It’s unbelievable how good he is.”

Liverpool will attempt to book their spot in the last-16 stage of the Champions League when they face Sevilla at the Estadio Ramon on Tuesday night.

Adam Lallana has returned to the Liverpool squad for the clash in Seville.