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Liverpool fans want Soccer Aid hero Mark Wright to replace Alberto Moreno

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The last time Liverpool fans saw Alberto Moreno play, he was abysmal.

It was the Europa League final and the Spaniard was easily the worst player on the pitch, his defensive frailties exposed for Sevilla’s equaliser.

It remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp will persist with the 23-year-old for next season or if he will sign a left-back in the transfer window to provide some competition.

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What can be guaranteed, though, is that there is a limit to what Liverpool can achieve with Moreno in the starting line-up.

The Liverpool Echo have debated the idea of the Reds signing Kieran Gibbs, Ben Chilwell or Aaron Cresswell, three defenders currently plying their trade in the Premier League’s top seven teams.

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Yet, Liverpool fans want to see someone made famous by a reality TV show don the red shirt next season.

Poor Moreno. Liverpool fans would genuinely prefer a reality TV star in the team.

Sunderland considering surprise move for Wright

Mark Wright set Old Trafford alight last night with a blistering free-kick during Soccer Aid and the former The Only Way is Essex star’s performance got Liverpool fans joking about the possibility of Wright solving their left-back woes.

Wright's goal

In the unlikely event that Klopp would even consider signing Wright, he might face some competition from another Premier League boss.

Chris Kamara, on co-commentary duty for the charity game between England and the Rest of the World, claimed that Sunderland chief Sam Allardyce would “consider” signing Wright next season after being impressed by his efforts in training.

Kamara has never been one to take seriously but it’s an interesting rumour nonetheless.

And it’s not as if Wright doesn’t come from a football background. He reached a semi-professional level, playing for Bishop’s Stortford, Fisher Athletic and St. Neots Town, and even represented the England C team.

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Carlos comparisons

His goal in last night’s game, which England won 3-2, caused many to draw comparisons with Roberto Carlos, the former Brazil left-back well-known for his rasping free-kicks.

And it’s a comparison that Wright will admire, having admitted that he used to imagine he was Carlos during his playing days.

“My hero growing up, and he’s still my hero today, has to be David Beckham,” Wright said in 2014, per the FA’s website.

“When it came to me as a player I used to like to think I played like Roberto Carlos, but my style wasn’t quite as entertaining as him.

“I actually modelled my game on Wayne Bridge – he was a great tough tackling left-back, just like me.”

Wright just needs to hope that Klopp was watching last night.

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