Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has admitted that last season was ‘bad’ and that manager Jurgen Klopp made him no promises that he would play this season.
The Spaniard lost his place to part-time left-back James Milner last season and Klopp then bought specialist Andy Robertson from Hull in the summer.
Moreno had options to leave but instead stayed and re-established himself in the Liverpool side; his excellent form has even led to a call-up from Spain.
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He told IBTimes: “It’s true there were a lot offers at the end of the season but my intention was always to stay at Liverpool.
“Klopp was very honest. He couldn’t promise me anything and told me that they were going to sign a new left-back. But I wanted to play for Liverpool. It’s a great club and I could see myself playing here.
“Staying here meant that I had to work hard and that’s what I have done. My family never let me down, they encouraged me to keep going and I have managed to turn around the situation around. Now I have to take the most of the opportunity.
“Last season was bad. There was a moment in which my mind said: ‘Alberto, whatever you do will be useless’. But it is always said that new year, new life so I started the new season with that mentality.
“In the pre-season, following Robertson’s arrival, I looked myself strong, with a lot of confidence. I was good in the training session, doing the right things and the boss was observant to correct my mistakes.”