Alberto Moreno has credited his solid recent form to developing a positive understanding with his defensive partners at Liverpool.
The 23-year-old moved to Anfield from Sevilla in 2014 but struggled to hit the ground running during his maiden campaign.
Moreno has been much improved this term, especially since Jurgen Klopp took the reins at Liverpool, and the only match he's missed under his new boss was the Reds' 1-0 League Cup victory against Bournemouth last month.
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The Spaniard was often in and out of the team under Brendan Rodgers and was deployed in numerous positions, which meant he could not settle down like he wanted to.
However, he's been given a new lease of life by Klopp and has been utilised as a conventional left-back, which has allowed him to build key relationships with his peers.
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And Moreno admits that he's now comfortable playing with all of his fellow defenders.
“I think that we understand each other with just a look, and that means it’s not too difficult for us,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“What’s more, I can understand their English a lot better than I can a native English speaker. If you see what I mean, it’s more like ‘my’ kind of English!
“I say my English… maybe not mine, as it’s very bad! But it’s true that I have a good understanding with them and I enjoy playing just as much alongside either one of them.
“As a result, I feel very comfortable when I line up next to either one of them.”
Room For Improvement
Although Moreno has been better in recent weeks, he is still arguably not up to the standards supporters on the Kop expect.
On the attack, he is a joy to watch. His raw pace and power can cause nightmares for the opposition and his crosses from the wing could find plenty of success with Christian Benteke attacking them in the box.
However, his defensive work still needs fine-tuning. He's previously suffered from a lack of concentration and his side have been punished in the past. When Liverpool travelled to Chelsea, Moreno switched off and left Ramires lurking at the back post to give the Blues the lead.
Although Moreno is getting better, it would not be a bad move on Klopp's behalf to recruit a new left-sided defender in the January transfer window. He's virtually got the position of left-back wrapped up at Anfield and competition is key to keeping players on their toes when they are pushed in training on a daily basis.
Jose Enrique's career at the Merseyside outfit is all but finished, despite him once again training with the first-team.
Jon Flanagan is nearing full fitness, but he prefers playing on the opposite flank and Joe Gomez, who misses the rest of the season through an ACL injury, firmly remains as a future centre-back.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund manager may be reluctant to spend a great deal of cash, but he has purchased himself a bargain or two in the past.
Yuto Nagatomo has fallen out of favour at Inter Milan and is out of contract at the end of the season. He's renowned for his relentless work-rate and would settle in quickly under Klopp's gegenpressing tactics.
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