By Dave Davis – @DaveD0106
“I didn’t read it. I’m not prepared to say something about it.
“How I deal with things like that is usually… my door is not always literally open but it’s always open if somebody want to talk to me.”
Jurgen Klopp straight-batted away questions around Alberto Moreno’s comments in regards do his future last week.
It was hardly any surprise that the manager did so, considering that the needs of any individual have to come behind the squad at the current time. Questions are being asked about Liverpool in the full-back position and there are likely to be changes, but when will be crucial.
The future of Nathaniel Clyne has also been a hot topic, with Bournemouth taking him on loan until the end of the season. There would likely be no shortage of takers for the England international on a permanent basis should he impress on the south coast.
Liverpool’s options in that position have started to look a little thin, with James Milner even enjoying a starting berth on a couple of occasions. Joe Gomez is on his way back but, with the games coming thick and fast, it’s something of a surprise that Klopp sanctioned a move that could leave him short at the current time.
Similarly, Moreno appears to be looking for first-team football, having only played 254 minutes this season. At 26, the Spaniard is well behind Andy Robertson in the pecking order, with little chance of overhauling the Scot.
Moreno does appear to be a popular member of the squad, which is evidenced by many players social media accounts and Klopp is more than aware that Robertson will need a rest in the near future. With the FA Cup contest against Wolves looming, it surely makes no sense to replace a popular member of the squad with a back-up who would take time to adapt.
The fact Moreno only has six months left on his contract hasn’t gone unnoticed and Liverpool have been linked with Lloyd Kelly and Aaron Cresswell over recent weeks. Whether it’s an experienced player or a talented youngster that comes in, at least one but more likely two full backs will be departing Anfield.
In the middle of a title challenge, Klopp will be wanting to avoid any real changes and the wishes of Moreno will have to come secondary to the club. He’s likely to get what he wants eventually, though it’s likely the club will make them wait until the summer for a permanent move, though.