Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16
Liverpool tweeted out good news regarding Moreno on Saturday:
Manager Brendan Rodgers talked about the signing, according to Liverpool's official website:
The boss told Liverpoolfc.com: "Alberto is a player with huge potential, but importantly he is also ready to come in and contribute straight away.
"He is quick, strong and serves the ball really well.
"We have monitored him in Spain for some time and every time I have seen him I have been greatly impressed.
"What is also important is that he is hungry to improve and recognises it is vital to keep learning."
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Alberto Moreno will not feature for Liverpool in their Premier League opener against Southampton.
The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reports:
Alberto Moreno won't be available for #LFC's PL opener v Southampton at Anfield on Sunday. Paperwork not registered in time.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 15, 2014
However, Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful that the deal will be completed shortly, per the Liverpool Echo's Phil Kirkbride:
Rodgers on Moreno: "Hopefully that will be completed very soon. He will be a fantastic signing if that happens."— Phil Kirkbride (@philkecho) August 15, 2014
Moreno's transfer to Liverpool is expected to be signed and sealed within the next few hours, according to the Daily Mail's Gerard Brand.
Moreno was pictured with his boots, heading to Liverpool's training complex to finalise his move, per Brand:
Fresh from crying his eyes out upon his departure from Sevilla, Alberto Moreno was in a better mood on Friday morning with boots in hand as he headed for Melwood to complete a move to Liverpool.
The 22-year-old has all but finalised a £12million move to Anfield after Sevilla relented in Liverpool's long pursuit for the left-back.
Liverpool have agreed a fee for the signing of Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, according to the team's official Twitter account:
The Daily Mirror's David Anderson reports the transfer will officially be signed and sealed ahead of Liverpool's opening game of the season against Southampton:
Liverpool expect the transfer to be completed by the weekend and they will assess his fitness before deciding if he can be included in their squad for Sunday's curtain raiser against Southampton.
Moreno was initially a part of Vicente del Bosque's plans for this summer's World Cup but failed to make the final 23-man squad, giving the Reds an opening to complete their purchase.
The youngster becomes Liverpool's seventh major signing of the summer, joining Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Rickie Lambert as Anfield newcomers.
Liverpool were known to be surveying their options at left-back this summer, with Swansea City's Ben Davies alleged to have attracted their gaze in recent months.
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However, the Welshman joined Tottenham, shortening the Reds' options and forcing them to consider a prior option in Moreno.
Earlier in July, the Mirror's Alan Nixon wrote that chief executive Ian Ayre had flown out to Spain with the hopes of finalising an £18 million move, but negotiations dragged on for longer than Brendan Rodgers will perhaps have wanted.
All that matters to the manager now, though, is that the club have their man, not to mention their first defensive signing of the summer window.
The acquisition leaves an air of uncertainty over the future of Rodgers' incumbent Spanish left-back Jose Enrique, who missed the majority of Liverpool's 2013-14 campaign after undergoing knee surgery last October.
Jon Flanagan may also be disappointed to see more competition at full-back, having filled in on both the right and left flanks for stretches of this season.
Moreno made 29 La Liga appearances for Sevilla this past season, per Squawka, and helped the club become Europa League champions thanks to their penalty-shootout victory over Benfica in the final.
Guillem Balague previously shed some details on the deal to sign Moreno before it was official, noting the defender's potential, though still in a raw state:
Moreno rejected Napoli offer as LFC were coming. Sevilla want more $$ (adds on) + alert other clubs. But as yet none offering more than LFC— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 30, 2014
Sevilla expects Moreno sale to be confirmed well before WC start -a fast, offensive, skilful full back still developing (had a so-so season)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 30, 2014
Rodgers' desire to push on from last term's second-place Premier League finish has seen him take a fierce approach to the summer market, and Liverpool now have more need for resources considering they're soon to return to the Champions League.
Moreno joins fellow Spanish U21 international Suso on Merseyside, while compatriot Luis Alberto has returned to La Liga for the 2014-15 campaign, joining Malaga on a season-long loan.