Liverpool looking at Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo, if the Reds are unable to attain Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno
Liverpool are apparently not happy with stalled negotiations with Sevilla over full back Alberto Moreno. The youngster looked set to sign for the Merseyside giants about a week back, with reports of him travelling to the city of Liverpool with his father for a medical also doing rounds. It was reported that Liverpool had agreed a five year deal for the player ‘in principal’ and were going to make a formal announcement shortly. However, recent reports have emerged that the La Liga side are complicating the transfer by now asking for a higher sum than what Liverpool are ready to offer.
It is suggested that Sevilla are asking for a sum in the region of almost £20million which Liverpool are clearly unwilling to pay. Tottenham are lurking in the background and Daniel Levy’s side could hijack yet another one of Liverpool’s targets and do so successfully if Sevilla don’t agree to Liverpool’s offer. Rodgers was prepared to offer Spain Under-21 midfielder Suso as part of the deal, but Sevilla are not interested in the youngster who has, in the past, expressed a desire to play for the club.
Moreno has been made the number one defensive target of the Premier League side who lost out on the title narrowly.
Brendan Rodgers has thus made Argentina international and Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo his target, if Liverpool lose out on Alberto Moreno.
We reported the news of Liverpool scouts present for the Sporting Lisbon and Porto in March to scout the then 23 year old Marcos Rojo.
Rojo has impressed greatly last season at the Portuguese club and was also solid in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sporting would be willing to listen to offers Liverpool could get the player for around £10m, given that the Portuguese club paid Spartak Moscow £3.5m two years ago
Rojo would be an ideal alternative for Moreno.
Liverpool are in need of a quality full back, after last season where the glaring need of attaining one became visible. Left back Jose Enrique was injured for most part of the season and young Jon Flanagan, who is primarily a right back, rose up to the occasion and filled his boots. But with Liverpool’s return to Champions League football, they would need an even better full back for that position. Glen Johnson, England and Liverpool’s number one right back, had a very disappointing season and Brendan Rodgers would definitely want to replace the player next season. Thus the Reds need not one, but two quality full backs. The attainment of at least one would be a start.
Alberto Moreno and Marcos Rojo would both be ideal additions to the squad. Moreno is younger and has looked very promising last season. He even broke into the senior Spain side and was in the 30 man side for the World Cup. Rojo, has established himself in the last season and being older, has more experience and would definitely break into the first team with no problem. Despite his young age, he already is a regular for his nation and has over 20 international caps. The versatile Argentina international can play both as a left back and a central defender and has the ability to play further up as a wingback as well. The player is known for his speed and good offensive instincts, which would provide Liverpool a lot of good on that weaker left side. Rojo and Moreno, both has the credentials to fit in any top side and Liverpool would get a quality player either way they decide to go