Is Alberto Moreno Liverpool's New John Arne Riise?

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Is Alberto Moreno Liverpool's New John Arne Riise?
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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].

Credit: UEFA.com
Credit: UEFA.com

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. 

Credit: StatsBomb.com

  • 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. 

Credit: Squawka.com

 

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.

 

@allanjianga

Statistics via WhoScored 

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