Liverpool have seen their links with Sevilla both old and new undergo a flurry of changes in the past day, with new developments on the situations of Alberto Moreno and Luis Alberto.
After a fervent period of speculation, Moreno's potential Anfield switch is off the table. Speaking to regional newspaper El Correo del Andalusia (h/t Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football), Sevilla sporting director Monchi confirmed the two clubs had failed to negotiate an agreement:
The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived. It was great offer, but the player is only 21 years old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect. He has a lot of room to grow and the coach is very happy to have him. I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves, but if on 14th August a club comes along and says “Vitolo” and they give you a mountain of cash, well….I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers.
My feeling is that the negotiations are paralyzed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted. We put a price on our players which we believe to be appropriate. Whoever wants to buy, can buy, and if you can’t…Also, with the sale of Rakitic, our needs were covered. We don’t have the burden we had at other times.
Monchi leaves no room for interpretation in his statement, and Brendan Rodgers will almost certainly be looking elsewhere for his left-back reinforcements should that position still be a priority.
Opta Jose and WhoScored.com show just what kind of an asset the Reds are missing out on:
30– Alberto Moreno is the 2nd defender who have won more fouls (32) than conceded (30) in La Liga last term (Pedro López 41-49). Liverpool?— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 7, 2014
Alberto Moreno: Made at least 13 more interceptions (73) in La Liga last season than any Liverpool player made in the PL (Skrtel 60)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 6, 2014
Liverpool took up the option of using La Liga to their advantage to strengthen their left-back ranks last season, but the loan acquisition of Valencia's Aly Cissokho was far from being as successful as Rodgers will have hoped.
The Northern Irishman played Jon Flanagan in the role for the majority of 2013-14 after Jose Enrique missed the vast majority of the campaign following knee surgery.
And not only will the club not be investing in Moreno this summer, they have also agreed the loan of former Sevilla prodigy Luis Alberto to Malaga.
The Reds confirmed:
Dominic King of the Daily Mail gives us some of the transfer's finer details:
Expecting Luis Alberto to be confirmed to Malaga on a season long loan tmrw. @LFC will receive a £1m loan fee; Malaga will pay all his wages— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) June 23, 2014
Alberto moved to Merseyside last summer, held in high regard as one of his nation's brightest up-and-coming talents, but he managed to make just nine Premier League appearances during his first campaign in England.
Despite that disappointment, Rodgers remains faithful that the forward will go some way in repaying the hope invested in him, telling the club's official website in April there's more to come from the youngster:
Having already secured the signings of Emre Can and Rickie Lambert from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton, respectively, Liverpool's transfer window is already in full swing.
Rodgers is wasting no time, reshaping his squad into one that he believes can compete on the Champions League stage as the Reds prepare to make their return as one of Europe's elite. However, he will have to do so without Moreno.