Is Alberto Moreno Liverpool's New John Arne Riise?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentAugust 5, 2014

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Fede Cartabia (R) of Valencia CF duels for the ball with Alberto Moreno of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Mestalla on September 22, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Will Alberto Moreno be another Liverpool transfer flop or can he have a John Arne Riise-like impact for Brendan Rodgers' team? 

Moreno is expected to move from Sevilla to Liverpool, per James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo.

Here is a scouting report for Liverpool fans on Moreno, a 22-year-old, 5'8", 148-pound Spanish left-back. 


Moreno Positives

Moreno's attack-minded mentality was on show at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and he was selected in the Team of the Tournament, per UEFA:

In Spain's 4-3-3 with interchanging wingers, the two full-backs—Martin Montoya on the right and Alberto Moreno on the left—combined well with the two wingers and, upon arrival in the final third, either the winger or the full-back would be prepared to cut inside.


On the wings, Spain's full-backsMartin Montoya on the right and Alberto Moreno on the leftpushed forward with panache to help Isco and [Cristian] Tello wreak havoc [against Italy].



Moreno can keep opposing defences honest with his bustling runs from left-back. 

Last season, Moreno scored more goals in league play (three) than Liverpool left-backs Aly Cissokho, Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique combined (one).

Raiding the left flank, Moreno supplied a low cross which dragged then-Valencia (now Getafe) goalkeeper Vicente Guaita out of position, enabling then-Sevilla (now Manchester City) centre-forward Alvaro Negredo to score a tap-in.

Moreno set up then-Sevilla (now City) right-winger Jesus Navas with a first-time pass against Atletico Madrid

Real Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino had no time to react as Moreno's shot zoomed into the bottom corner. 

After shot-faking and cutting past Athletic Bilbao right attacking midfielder Markel Susaeta, Moreno scored a Riise-esque pile-driver.  


Moreno Negatives

Unsteady defending from Moreno is a concern as illustrated with his miscued clearance leading to Malaga central attacking midfielder Duda scoring. 

Moreno can take out Real's FIFA Ballon d'Or recipient Cristiano Ronaldo with a perfectly timed tackle. 

Yet, then he attempted low-percentage challenges from behind against Atletico Madrid and Malaga. 

As pointed out by StatsBomb co-founder Ted KnutsonMoreno's statistics do not correlate with a full-back. 

  • Moreno is better intercepting passes (2.5) than tackling (1.8).
  • One hundred and one players in La Liga averaged more tackles per game (1.9 plus) than Moreno. 
  • Flanagan averaged 1.6 more tackles per game (3.4) than Moreno (1.8). 

Having only completed 40 percent of tackles last season, per SquawkaMoreno needs to drastically improve his defending. 



Bottom Line

Moreno's pace combined with his forward-thinking mentality is concurrent with Rodgers' attack-centric philosophy.

While Moreno's inconsistent tackling is a red flag, he can have a Riise-like impact for Liverpool.



Statistics via WhoScored 


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