Alberto Moreno believes he is enjoying the best campaign of his career in 2017/18, with his love for Liverpool fuelling his excellent form.
After spending last term in the wilderness—named in every matchday squad but only making 18 appearances, including eight starts—Moreno has returned to prominence under Jurgen Klopp.
And his resurgence was compounded with a place in Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for November’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia.
This is due his excellent form at either end of the pitch, with Moreno showcasing a more mature approach in defence, combined with a more streamlined effort going forward.
Addressing his upturn in fortunes, the 25-year-old explained the “sacrifices” he made to regain a role at the club that he loves.
“I’m happier now things are going well for me and I’d say so far this has been a decent season for me, if not the best in my career as a professional football player,” he told Liverpool’s matchday programme.
“I’m nearly at my best, but none of this comes without very hard work.
“Helping the side has its roots in the sacrifices you make, the hard work in pre-season and the battling to get back in contention.
“All that is because of my desire to be here at Liverpool, one of the best clubs in the world.
“Playing well leads to happiness on and off the field, for you and your family.
“I live for Liverpool. I love Liverpool. I always want to win when I’m wearing the shirt of Liverpool.”
Moreno has already laid on three goals for his team-mates in 14 appearances this season, all coming in the Champions League, having previously assisted eight in 109 games.
This highlights a vastly improved end product from the former Sevilla left-back, and he believes this is proof of his commitment.
“You always want to help out your team and when you do provide an assist, especially as a defender, it’s something that makes you happy,” he added.
“Above all it’s evidence that you’re helping the team and doing well as an individual as part of the team.”
Moreno has certainly been one of Klopp’s most consistent performers so far this season, despite the Reds’ continued defensive issues.
Keeping the impressive Robertson out of the side is a considerable feat, and Moreno is honing the ability he possessed on making the move from Sevilla in 2014.
His passion and drive to succeed at Anfield should be commended.