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‘As a Liverpool fan I hope so!’ – ESPN pundit reacts to Unai Emery Arsenal transfer move | Football | Sport


Moreno leaves Arsenal’s Premier League ‘big six’ rivals Liverpool on July 1st at the end of his contract after five years at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp was happy to release the 26-year-old, who had made just eight starts for the Reds since the start of 2018.

Moreno – who cost £12million when signed by Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers from Sevilla – was kept out of the team by the superior Andy Robertson amid widespread questions over the one-cap Spain international’s defensive capabilities.

But he has been linked with a move to stay in the Premier League and link up with Emery at Arsenal, having been coached by his compatriot at his former club Sevilla.

Arsenal are in need for reinforcements at the back after leaking 51 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, 29 more than Liverpool.

And Liverpool legend Nicol, a regular on the ESPN FC panel, insists Emery should avoid signing Moreno even though Arsenal’s stringent finances mean the manager must look to sign players on the cheap where possible.

Yet the former right-back cheekily insists he would love for the Gunners to go for the upcoming free agent because he would not improve Arsenal’s defence anymore than current left-back options, the ageing Nacho Monreal or the attack-minded Sead Kolasinac.

Nicol declared: “As a Liverpool fan I hope so. But quite honestly, no [it won’t happen]. Moreno can’t defend. 

“The reason Liverpool brought in Robertson was because they needed somebody who could actually defend in the Premier League particularly. 

“So why would Moreno go to Arsenal in the Premier League?”

Told how the link between Emery and Moreno could act as an instigator in a deal, Nicol added: “But then he must know that he can’t defend then, and he must know what he needs. 

“Is he any better defensively than Monreal? No he’s not. 

“And I don’t think Monreal right now is at his best either. I don’t see how this happens.”

Moreno has even been linked with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona and Nicol foresees the player returning to his homeland to join a side like the Catalan giants, where he would be allowed to roam forward more freely.

Nicol added: “Moreno has got Spain written all over it. Whether it’s back to Sevilla, I don’t know. 

“He’s going to go somewhere where defending is not going to be his main job.”



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