Liverpool have agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to sign Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno and in doing so scratched a ten-year Anfield itch.
Not since the goal-scoring pomp of John Arne Riise, the carrot-topped Norwegian with fire in his boots, has the Kop boasted a left-back it can hang its hat on.
The classy, but injury-prone Fabio Aurelio was arguably the best of a motley bunch, including Emiliano Insua, Andrea Dossena and Jose Enrique along with several square-peg stand-ins.
Providing the deal for the Spaniard doesn’t go the way of Loic Remy’s aborted Merseyside move, Liverpool fans can look forward to the unfamiliar sensation of sitting with buttocks unclenched as the opposition attack down the port-side.
Liverpool kept 10 clean sheets last season despite alternating between confirmed right-backs Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson on the left for much of the campaign.
As such, the signing of Moreno can play a big part in them landing the loot for the bwinners who have backed them to keep over 11.5 Premier League clean sheets at 17/20.
Having not missed out on landing the odds by much last term there is evidence of a solid collective understanding to build on.
Defensive imperviousness is nothing new to a Brendan Rodgers-helmed Reds – 2012/13 saw them keep a league second-best 16 clean sheets despite finishing way down in seventh.
Much of the praise that has come Moreno’s way has been with regard to his attacking abilities, but as a defender he can bring a certain methodical reliability to the rear-guard.
The Sevilla product is not known for his tackling, preferring instead to use his reading of the game and positioning to make interceptions and manage dangerous situations.
Also blessed with a sharp turn of foot, he has the tools to deal with much of what his Premier League adversaries will throw at him.
Only in his 5ft7in stature is their a real chink in the 21-year-old’s armour.