After a long-overdue recovery in form in 2017/18, it looks like comeback kid Alberto Moreno is going to be on the sidelines for some time. Having spent most of last season warming the bench, fans were surprised when Jürgen Klopp wheeled Moreno out into the first team once again. James Milner had deputised in 2016/17, and it looks like Klopp decided to give Moreno another chance.
A very strong start to the season has been followed up with consistent performances – a mess-up in Seville aside – but now looks to be slowed down. Suffering a bad knock against Spartak Moscow, when the Reds won 7-0, the Spaniard came off in tears and there was a lot of doubt about his condition. Ruled out of the Merseyside Derby at first, this has now been upgraded to mean he will miss most of the festive period.
Moreno, 25, has yet to be given a clear timeline for recovery but reports say he’s out for the foreseeable future. With the loss of Joel Matip likely for the festive period too, an already thin backline looks stretched further with a barrage of big games coming up against Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Arsenal to name a few.
A strong return to the Liverpool side was unexpected, and several assists in the Champions League has helped to remind people of his qualities. At least this time, the prolonged period on the sidelines isn’t due to being out-of-favour; the slimmest of positives in a very negative situation.