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Alberto Moreno mocks Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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Alberto Moreno has only been a Liverpool player for a matter of weeks but it seems to Spanish international is already comfortable enough with his new team-mates to mock club captain Steven Gerrard.

Moreno completed a move from Sevilla last month in a deal reported to be worth £12 million. The 22-year-old has slotted straight into Brendan Rodgers' first team and has looked impressive at times.

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But Moreno has not just adapted to life in the Premier League quickly. It seems he has also found his place in the Anfield dressing room and fancies himself to be quite the joker.

Nervous

Having seen Gerrard slot home an injury time penalty to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win over Champions League minnows Ludogorets, Moreno claimed his captain was not as calm as he appeared.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Moreno claimed: "[Gerrard] got a bit nervous didn't he!"

Calmness personified

As Gerrard is Liverpool's leading goalscorer from the spot, scoring 44 penalties in all for the Reds, he would have been used to the pressure that came with taking the crucial penalty.

Time and again, Gerrard has stepped up for Liverpool when it mattered most and he didn't let them down as they struggled on their return to European's top tier competition.

Praise

After the silliness ended, Moreno heaped praise upon Gerrard, insisting the 34-year-old is still a world-class player despite his advancing years.

Moreno said: "I don't have words for Stevie. He's a great footballer and he's a special person, not just here but at a world level. Steven Gerrard is a great player.

"That is what we've always been told and I am proud to be playing with him. I hope that remains the case for years to come."

Balotelli goal

Although not a glorious European night at Anfield, it will be one for Mario Balotelli to remember after he netted his first goal for the club. The Italian cost Liverpool £16 million to sign from AC Milan and he led the line in Daniel Sturridge's absence.

Moreno picked Balotelli out for special frame, describing him as "fearsome".

He added: "Mario is physically fearsome,.

"He can hold the ball up and help us when we are under pressure at the back, and can release the ball.

"That gives us something extra and then in the penalty box you saw the one chance he had, he took it. For opposition defences it is hard when you're up against Mario Balotelli.

"I am delighted for him and his goal. Now we have to keep it going."

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