Alberto Moreno has confirmed he will not celebrate a Liverpool goal against Sevilla in the Europa League final – even if he scores a last-minute winner.
The Spanish left-back is likely to start in Wednesday's showpiece and will come up against his former club for the first time since leaving in 2014.
Up until that point, Moreno had spent his entire career at Sevilla, originally becoming part of the youth system as a 12-year-old before eventually becoming an important first-team star.
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His transfer to Liverpool brought an end to that long association but the 23-year-old admits he still has a soft spot for his former club.
In fact, he is such an avid supporter of the La Liga outfit, he openly admitted that he simply "could not" celebrate should he score in the final. Moreno even went as far to say that he would be crying tears of both joy and sadness if Liverpool triumph.
It's going to get weird
"Even if it was the winner, I wouldn't celebrate," he told Marca.
"Sevilla is my home, my city, I have friends and teammates there, it was the club that has made me a footballer. For many reasons, I could not and would not celebrate. It might even make me cry with joy and sadness at the same time.
"It's all going to be very weird."
Belonging to Liverpool
However, Moreno was sensible enough to reaffirm to concerned Liverpool fans that he will be trying his very best to make sure it is he and not his former team who lift the cup in the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland.
"I've always said that if Liverpool didn't win the Europa League then I'd wanted it to be Sevilla," he said.
"Now we've got to this stage, I'd be lying if I said I wanted them to win. I belong to Liverpool and I want them to win with all of my being."
Lucky to be alive
Moreno has experienced something of a reprieve under Jurgen Klopp, who has placed him as his first-choice left-back. However, the offensively-minded defender has had some iffy moments on his way back to prominence, most notably in the semi-final against Villarreal.
Liverpool would go onto win the tie 3-1 on aggregate, but their 3-0 victory in the second leg at Anfield may never have happened if Moreno's clumsy challenge on Villarreal's Denis Suarez resulted in a penalty. While official Viktor Kassai waved away Villarreal's claims, Moreno did not escape punishment from Klopp.
“He wanted to kill me," Moreno said of Klopp.
“I definitely touched him [Suarez]. My two hands were on his back. It was a tense moment in the game. I saw Lucas come down the touchline to speak to me and he had a message from the manager.
“He told me to keep calm, to keep my head and just to chill out. I have a really good relationship with the manager, though. He treats me great and makes me feel important to the team.”
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