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This Liverpool Defensive Ace Is On Benfica’s Radar: Why The Reds Are Better Off Without Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Correio da Manha (via Sports Witness), Benfica have identified Liverpool outcast Alberto Moreno as a perfect replacement for Alex Grimaldo in case the Spanish defender leaves the club during the summer transfer period. The same source has also revealed that Moreno is asking for a €3m per season contract from the Portuguese club after his current deal at Anfield expires at the end of this campaign.

Moreno’s Struggles At Merseyside In Recent Years

The Spaniard will be free to opt for any club of his choosing with Benfica eager to make a swoop for him in this off-season. The Sevilla born talent has been on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the past couple of years mainly due to the remarkable rise of Andrew Robertson. 

Moreno has also been plagued with injuries in recent years which hasn’t helped his cause at the Merseyside club. Thus, a change in scenery could be an ideal move for his playing career as he would be able to make a fresh start somewhere else. Playing in the Portuguese top-flight for Benfica might suit his playing style as well due to their continental approach to the game.

The 26-year-old has made just five appearances for the Reds this term across all competitions. He has also earned four international caps for Spain during his international career.

What Does The Spaniard Offer On The Pitch?

Moreno has decent pace under his belt and can be a productive outlet down the left flank going forward. However, he often tends to switch off when not in possession of the ball and has a habit of making rash challenges in his own half.

Why The Reds Are Better Off Without Moreno

There is no doubt that it would be a huge gamble for Benfica to recruit the Spaniard this summer. But for the Reds, it would be good riddance as they can finally move on to greener pastures without the fullback’s presence in their dressing room.

Moreno’s time at Merseyside has been a story of missed chances and high-profile mistakes. Hence, Klopp will be better of parting ways with him as he has hardly influenced all the good things that the German manager has managed to accomplish on the pitch for Liverpool in recent seasons.

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