Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Alberto Moreno is hoping to be fit for Liverpool's weekend encounter with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Brendan Rodgers provided the following update, via Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, on Friday:
Rodgers: "Moreno twisted his ankle and has been recovering well. Sun could be difficult for Johnson, as for Skrtel we'll see over next 48hrs— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
Brendan Rodgers could be without new signing Alberto Moreno for Liverpool's upcoming trip to face Tottenham Hotspur after the left-back suffered an ankle injury during the 3-1 loss to Manchester City.
Moreno appeared to get his right foot caught in the turf when attempting to keep possession in play toward the end of the match. Although the 22-year-old played on after receiving treatment, he may need time to recover. Rodgers provided an initial update to Sky Sports, as reported by Ibrahim Akkas of Squawka:
"Moreno—his foot came off the grass onto the astro turf so he twisted his ankle," said the Reds boss. "There’s a bit of swelling now but we’ll see how it is in the morning."
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo tweeted an update on Moreno after the game, while he also confirmed Glen Johnson's injury:
Moreno left stadium limping and with right ankle heavily strapped. Johnson has thigh injury. #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 25, 2014
Moreno's ankle problem rounded off a mixed debut for the Spaniard. He showed confidence in his ability for the most part, and provided a couple of incisive attacking runs, but the former Sevilla man was at fault for City's opening goal.
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With the ball bouncing in Simon Mignolet's area, Moreno just needed to whack the danger clear before regrouping. He lazily swiped and missed the ball, allowing Stevan Jovetic to nip in before smashing beyond the Belgian keeper.
Moreno was then unable to help Liverpool stem the flow of City's attack before suffering his unfortunate injury.
He also won all of his aerial duels, completed the highest number of tackles alongside Pablo Zabaleta and found a team-mate with each of his three clearances.
On the flip side, just one of Moreno's four crosses found its target.
Duncan Castles of The Sunday Times wasn't impressed with the new man after City romped to victory:
Moreno's absence could leave Rodgers' team disjointed heading into the Spurs match. Jon Flanagan continues to recover from injury, while Jose Enrique's fitness remains a mystery.
Javier Manquillo will most likely take over Johnson's right-back spot, but Rodgers may be forced into being inventive on the opposite flank. This could be a major worry against Spurs, whose overall confidence and performance level has already risen under Mauricio Pochettino.
Moreno showed enough against City to suggest he will develop into a key player at Anfield. Mistakes aside, Rodgers has signed an ambitious and self-confident full-back who will be missed if he is forced to sit out the upcoming White Hart Lane clash.