Alberto Moreno excited for European campaign with Liverpool

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Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno has admitted his tough debut against Manchester City inspired him to score his first goal for the Reds against Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old joined Anfield this summer for £12 million from Sevilla, however his career on Merseyside got off to a tough start when he was at fault for City's first goal during the 3-1 defeat.

Moreno knew he had to improve after his performance against the Premier League champions and started in his next game at White Hart Lane.

Talking to Spanish website Marca, he said: "If they didn't know me before, they will from now on thanks to my goal against Tottenham. I hope it isn't my only one as I hope to dedicate many more to Liverpool's fans.

"After making my debut and losing against City I had a point to make. When I stole the ball from Townsend and saw a way through, all I could think about was getting to their goal and scoring. I didn't care how many metres I had to run."

The full-back certainly did make a point judging on his performance - he was solid throughout the game when defending, with the right side of Spurs' attack failing to get past him, as well as offering a lot of support when Liverpool were on the attack.

The Spaniard's goal was a superb individual effort when he dispossessed Andros Townsend in his own half and drove at the home side's defence, before slotting past Hugo Lloris from an acute angle.

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End of Liverpool's problem

The left-back berth for Liverpool has been a position that has never been truly filled over the past few years.

John Arne Riise maintained the position for a short while but there were constant doubts over his defensive abilities as he made clumsy challenges around the box.

Andrea Dossena and Paul Konchesky didn't cut the mustard at Anfield and despite Jose Enrique clutching the position for a while, he can be risky around the box and is prone to injury.

However, now it seems that Liverpool have a real left-back on their hands in Moreno. He is one of Spain's fastest growing stars and just missed out on a place in their World Cup squad this summer. From his early performances, Moreno looks to have solved the problem at Anfield in the position, as long as he remains fit.

Ambitions an Anfield

During the summer the 22-year-old had a host of European clubs chasing for his signature, including Real Madrid. However Moreno has admitted it was the atmosphere at Anfield that made him sign.

"You realise that it's something very different. You look to the stands and they're packed. So many people singing 'You'll never walk alone' is incredible. They live for football, they're so passionate and I'm honoured to be part of the joy they feel when we win a game."

He then added his excitement about competing in the Champions League and how seeing the trophy at Anfield blew the youngster away.

"Playing in the Champions League is going to be amazing. It's all new for me and I'm really looking forward to it. Plus, it's against Real Madrid, at Anfield and I'll be wearing Liverpool's colours... It's going to be a unique experience.

"I saw the trophy at Anfield and I got goose bumps. Hopefully we can win it this year. Hopefully that day will come."

Moreno is no stranger to competing in European competitions - he aided Sevilla last season to the Europa League, when his side beat Portuguese outfit Benfica on penalties.

He is one of few at Anfield who have experience playing in Europe competing against the best and that should help Liverpool do as well as possible in the year's competition.

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