Alberto Moreno says he’s “super motivated” to do well with Liverpool as he prepares to complete his £12million move from Sevilla.
The Spanish left-back arrived in the coastal city on Wednesday to undergo his medical and agree on personal terms as he is set to be unveiled as Liverpool’s eighth signing of the summer.
Moreno bid an emotional goodbye to Sevilla players and fans following Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff. Chief executive Ian Ayre traveled to Cardiff to continue negotiations with Sevilla officials ahead of Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup final. The 22-year-old Spain international was subsequently withdrawn from match, which Sevilla lost 2-0
Liverpool have already confirmed the news of the player joining him ‘in principle’, and the Spain international is currently undergoing a medical. He is said to be officially announced by the Merseyside club within the next 48 hours, perhaps even as early as later today.
“Liverpool are a great team and of course I’m super-motivated. I hope things go well,” Moreno said as he finalizes his terms and clear the medical
“I am living a strange situation because I’m leaving the club of my life. I was always aware of the two teams (trying) to agree. I never got into that but Sevilla have understood that Liverpool’s offer was good and I am going. I have many feelings together. What happened on the pitch, with the fans, will remain forever etched on me and I could not help but mourn because I did not expect it.First came the parting with colleagues, then with the fans… all very complicated.”
After the cup final, Sevilla boss Unai Emery confirmed the news of the defender departing the club and wished him luck: “This has been in the offing for a month and a half.
“We are in England and close to teams that are interested in Alberto. We want to wish him all the best. Now we will have to look for another player to come in who is able to give big performances.”
Moreno’s arrival has been looked forward to by the fans ever since the transfer window began. The Spanish international will compete with Jose Enrique for the starting spot, though in all probability, he will replace Enrique in the starting 11 and the ex-Newcastle man will provide back-up for the youngster. Jon Flanagan, traditionally a right back, did exceedingly well last season as a left back, will also provide cover for that spot.
It is unlikely that the Spanish star will be included in the starting 11 on Sunday against Southampton, but he could possibly line up against Manchester City the following week.