Moreno sweating on his Liverpool future during warm-weather training break
Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno has just two months to save his Anfield career.
Spain left-back Moreno flew to Tenerife with the Reds this week as they hit the sun for a training camp designed to give those players not required on international duty a warm-weather workout.
And the 24-year-old finds himself needing to impress manager Jurgen Klopp during the week-long session at an exclusive resort, with the club lining up moves for highly-regarded players at his position.
Moreno has made just two Premier League starts all season, and has failed to impress when offered the chance as back-up to first-choice James Milner — who is a converted midfielder.
Manager Klopp is determined to strengthen in the summer, and reports from Germany suggest he is among a host of managers to have made overtures towards Schalke’s highly-rated Sead Kolasinac .
The 23-year-old Bosnia international is regarded as one of the best left-backs in German football – and is set to be available on a free transfer in the summer when his contract runs out.
The Reds face some fierce competition for the player, with champions-elect Chelsea coming close to sealing a deal with Schalke in the January transfer window, and Italian champions Juventus also in strongly with a big offer.
So far, Kolasinac has refused to sign a pre-contract with any overseas club, and with Klopp’s connections back home, he retains some hope of persuading the defender to come to Merseyside – especially as he shares an advisor with Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren.
German-born Kolasinac represented Germany at junior levels up to Under-20, but chose to play for his mother’s nation at senior level. He can also play at centre-back and as holding midfielder.
With Arsenal and Manchester City also expressing interest, signing him is a long shot.
Klopp is also pursuing brilliant youngster Ryan Sessegnon.
Liverpool have yet to bid for the 16-year-old, who has caught the imagination with Championship side Fulham, but are closely monitoring his development and a source within Anfield suggests they could make a move in the summer.
Again, Sessegnon is a talent being eyed by many of the Premier League’s big clubs, but the interest from Anfield suggests the writing is on the wall for Moreno, who looks no closer to regaining a first-team place.
He has been linked with a return to Spain at the end of the season, with his previous club Sevilla thought to be interested, along with Villarreal, though reports of Real Madrid interest are wildly fanciful.
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