Alberto Moreno vows to win back his Liverpool place
Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has pleged to get through his difficult start to the season after falling out of favour with manager Brendan Rodgers.
Since being hauled off at half-time in the 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of last season the Spaniard, a £12million signing from Sevilla just over 12 months ago, has made just two starts, one of which he was substituted in, and one appearance off the bench in five pre-season friendlies.
He has been overtaken in the pecking order at left-back by Joe Gomez, a new arrival from Charlton, despite the 18-year-old favouring the centre or right of the defence.
Moreno admits he found his first year difficult to adapt but hopes to be able to win back his place in the side.
"I realised what a great club this is right away," he said.
"The first year was difficult because of the language issue and moving away from home, but I made 41 appearances, which is pretty good for my age and a club of Liverpool's stature.
"I'd like to be a regular in the starting line up, to play as many games as possible."
While Moreno is out of favour with Rodgers that is nothing compared to Mario Balotelli, who has not featured in any squad since the defeat to relegated Hull at the end of April and was left behind for the club's tour of Asia and Australia.
Moreno has some sympathy for the striker, who turned 25 on Wednesday.
"I think he's unfairly maligned," the defender added. "He's a very relaxed guy. He never bothers anyone. He could be a great striker."