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Alberto Moreno's Outlook On His Liverpool Struggles Puts Coutinho To Shame

Alberto Moreno's Outlook On His Liverpool Struggles Puts Coutinho To Shame
By Mikey Traynor

When Neymar revealed that Philippe Coutinho and his family were caught in 'a moment of anguish, disappointment, and sadness' over the difficulty of generating a move to Barcelona, the Liverpool man did not get much sympathy from the club's fans.

The club had insisted from the start that they would not sell Coutinho, and as the transfer deadline came and went without a deal being close to agreed it was time for the man previously considered the most important player at the club to bring his sad and disappointed self back to Melwood and report for training.

It is entirely fair for footballers to be upset when a move they dream about does not come to fruition, but considering the situation Coutinho found himself in, his comments rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way.

Alberto Moreno is another player who has come in for criticism in recent times, albeit for on-pitch reasons rather than moaning, but in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph the Spaniard showed an impressive outlook on his struggles which put Coutinho's "sadness" into context somewhat.

When James Milner took his place in the side playing out of position, Moreno was really unhappy, but through involving himself in the club's various associated charities he found the motivation to work harder and prove himself.

The lowest point came at the start of last season when I was not playing.

I was training hard and well, and then the manager decided James Milner would be left-back. I not happy. I was not featuring, my head was not in the right place and I did not feel good. This impacts on your family as well. They were unhappy too. We were all feeling down.

But in life and in football I am a fighter. I never give up and when you are down you have to use that motivation to work harder. I found strength from my family, my partner Lilia and my daughter Carla, who was born this time last year. Just looking at her face was my motivation. It lifted me.

Yes, it is tough, but you only know how you will react when you face the situation of not playing.

Everyone has problems in life, don’t they? The problems of a footballer are nothing. You only have to look around and see people worse off. Recently I have been involved with some of the charities the club supports, such as poor Owen McVeigh (an 11-year-old Liverpool fan) who passed away with leukaemia. His family are trying to help other sick children.

When you hear of these things it gives you strength because you realise what you have been going through professionally is nothing in comparison. You want to send all the encouragement and strength to his family and to those of youngsters who suffer. It made me emotional because I would look at my own daughter and feel sorry for those children. Life is more important than anything else.

You tell yourself to show the same fight these people have shown against much greater adversity.

Admirable honesty from Moreno, who comes across very well throughout the interview.

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Even the signing of Andrew Robertson from Hull is a challenge he is relishing, although judging by the Scot's start to life in a Liverpool jersey Moreno is going to have to be right at it to get himself into the team.

Philippe Coutinho won't feature against Man City but will return to action soon after and it's hard to see him not continuing to be one of Liverpool's best attacking influences when he does, but only if he takes after Moreno and finds a way to put any disappointment or unhappiness behind him.

You can read Moreno's interview in full over on Telegraph.co.uk.

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