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Liverpool should move Alberto Moreno further forward - much like Tottenham did with Bale

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Upon Alberto Moreno's arrival at Anfield in 2014 and following his wonderful solo goal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, Liverpool fans genuinely believed they had found themselves a capable and classy left-back.

However, as seasons have passed the Spaniard's defending has gone from solid to calamitous at a rather alarming rate.

Rash tackles, weak defending and failing to track back after losing the ball have left fans frustrated with the 23-year-old full-back.

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It could be argued - and quite strongly - that but for his untimely injury, Joe Gomez would be Liverpool's preferred left-back after a number of strong performances prior to damaging his anterior cruciate ligament.

Given the circumstances and with Jose Enrique now a peripheral figure on Merseyside, however, Moreno became first choice by default.

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The youngster's plummet has seen many fans call for his inclusion in Jurgen Klopp's spring clean and send him packing this summer - but doing so might be a bit hasty.

For all of Moreno's shortcomings as a defender, he is very effective going forward with pace and energy to burn, alongside a tidy skill set.

The situation he finds himself in sounds familar, right? If we cast our minds back a few seasons ago, Tottenham had an identical predicament with Gareth Bale, who made the transition to left wing as opposed to being sold.

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And the rest is history. The Welshman fast became one of world football's most feared attacking players under then-manager Harry Redknapp and never looked back to the days of struggling as a left-back.

So, perhaps Liverpool can emulate such an experiment with Moreno and shift him forward, where he would become more of a threat to the opposition's goal than his own.

Of course, Bale is a rare example of where a defender has transformed so seemlessly into a goalscorer - but what have they got to lose?

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