Liverpool close in on deals for Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo

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Despite Iago Aspas' best efforts to deny Liverpool long-term target Alberto Moreno by persuading him to stay at Sevilla, it appears as if the 22-year-old left back is finally close to an Anfield switch, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Meanwhile, the Reds are also said to be closing in on Ahletico Madrid's 20-year-old right-back Javier Manquillo on a loan deal with option to buy.

Moreno made 27 starts for Sevilla last season, netting three goals. For those who don't know, he's an attacking left-back who loves to get forward and dribble. His pace and attacking nature makes him a great fit for Brendan Rodgers' free-flowing attacking side, as well as being young and hungry which fits the recent transfer policy.

Third time's the charm?

Liverpool had a £16million bid for Moreno rejected by Sevilla earlier in the window and on two separate occasions the deal has been reported as dead in the water as the two sides were at an impasse.

Maybe Ian Arye has magically resurrected things or maybe Aspas' negative comments worked as reverse psychology for the Spanish international.

Ayre and Rodgers must have thought they were killing two birds with one stone by sending Aspas to Sevilla.

Getting rid of an unhappy mistake plus putting themselves in good graces with the La Liga outfit as they tried to pry Moreno away. But, Aspas proved to be that mistake that you cannot shake. 

Right-back target

On the other side of defecse, the Reds are after Manquillo. He's a player with loads of potential but wants to move to get more game time as he only featured for the Spanish champions three times last season.

This deal seemingly came out of nowhere, but it makes sense. For Manquillo, he can play more than he did in Spain. Juanfran was the clear first choice right-back last yearand he played just about every game.

But, because Glen Johnson is on the decline, Rodgers won't demand he plays in every game. Plus it's not like Johnson has been setting the world on fire lately.

For the Reds, they get a young right-back for the future as well as someone who can contribute now. Unlike the purchase of young defender Tiago Ilori last season, Manquillo won't be brought in just to be loaned back out in January.

Squad depth

If Liverpool wrap these two deals up, the problem area of full-back will look a lot better. On the right they'll have Johnson and Manquillo while the left will show Moreno and oft-injured Jose Enrique. Plus Jon Flanagan will get games at either side.

Rodgers has barked on about squad depth in most interviews this summer and if these two deals come to fruition then he's achieved it.

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