Last season was one of the biggest in Alberto Moreno’s burgeoning career. This term could be even more important for the Liverpool full-back.
Moreno, 23, laid out his and his club's goals for 2015-16 on Wednesday in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.
Moreno’s road to achieving his ambitious targets starts on the practice field at club level with Liverpool.
If all goes according to plan, Moreno will end the season in France as part of Spain’s national-team squad for the 2016 UEFA European Championships.
Moreno played 41 games for Liverpool in 2014-15 and he hopes to play regularly again this season, despite falling behind Joe Gomez in Brendan Rodgers’ initial pecking order of left backs.
“I’d like to be a regular in the starting line-up, to play as many games as possible and for the fans to enjoy watching me,” Moreno said when asked about his personal goals for 2015-16.
Liverpool is pursuing a top-four finish in the Premier League and a trophy in either the FA Cup, Football League Cup or UEFA Europa League.
The many games Liverpool will play this season gives Moreno ample opportunities to impress his fans, Rodgers and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.
Moreno hasn’t played for Spain since May 2014 for reasons not entirely under his control.
“I know that I have my work cut out,” Moreno said when asked about his near-term international career prospects.
“There’s a lot of competition, Jordi Alba, Bernat, Jose Luis Gaya, Cesar Azpilicueta … but still, I have faith in my ability and the way I play. I believe that if I have a good year, I’ll be in the mix. Then it’ll be up to Vicente del Bosque to decide.”
Moreno has a lot to gain in his second season at Liverpool.
Daily work and a bit of luck over the coming months likely will determine whether he hits those targets at which he already is aiming.
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