“Last season was bad. There was a moment in which my mind said: 'Alberto, whatever you do will be useless’.”
The depressing words of Alberto Moreno, who admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail this week that his professional career reached a new low last term.
The much-maligned Liverpool left-back, who arrived at Anfield from Sevilla in 2014, seemed to be on his way out of Merseyside at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
James Milner, a midfielder by trade, had become the Red’s first-choice left-back following a string of unconvincing performances from Moreno.
And the Spaniard’s spell at Liverpool appeared to be over when the club splashed out £10 million on Hull City’s Andrew Robertson in July.
“But it is always said that new year [it's time for] a new life so I started the new season with that mentality,” Moreno added. “In the pre-season, following Robertson's arrival, I looked myself strong, with a lot of confidence.
“I was good in the training session, doing the right things and the boss was observant to correct my mistakes.”
Moreno is proving everybody wrong
Against all the odds, Moreno has resurrected his career over recent months with a series of surprisingly impressive performances.
The 25-year-old is currently Klopp’s first-choice left-back and has barely put a foot wrong over recent weeks.
He even earned a shock international call-up last week.
"With Alberto, it's really nice, he deserved it as well,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. "I think it is quite difficult to get a call from the Spanish national team, they have not a lot of weaknesses and not a lot of problems at left-back.
"Obviously they watched him and so far he was really consistent this season. It's nice, really nice."
Video shows just how good Moreno has been this season
To celebrate Moreno’s dramatic turnaround in form, one Liverpool fan has created a video of his best moments from the season so far.
It’s four minutes long and outlines just how much he’s improved over the past few months.
He’s playing with such confidence at the moment and deserves immense credit for saving his career at Anfield.
Watch the video here…
Even Liverpool fans who previously slaughtered him have taken their hats off and congratulated him.