By Harry Sykes
Alberto Moreno made his final Anfield appearance during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, according to a reliable journalist.
Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Spanish left-back was introduced “for his Anfield farewell” when he replace James Milner in the closing minutes of the Premier League clash.
Moreno on for his Anfield farewell
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) May 21, 2017
The pressure had been released from the home side as they went three goals clear after 56 minutes through strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.
This enabled Liverpool to achieve their objective of the win they needed to secure a top-four league finish and a place in August’s final Champions League qualification stage.
It also enabled manager Jurgen Klopp to send on substitutes Lucas Leiva and Moreno, both of whom have been strongly linked with summer exits from the club.
Moreno has been named in the matchday squad for all 38 of Liverpool’s league matches this season but he has started just two of them after losing his left-back slot to James Milner.
It has been widely speculated that the Merseysiders will offload the erratic Milner this summer even though he has two years remaining on his contract and buy at least one, and perhaps even two, specialist left-backs.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with signing Hull City’s Andrew Robertson and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.
Like Moreno, Lucas and Sturridge have also been linked with summer exits after spending the season on the fringes of the team.
Arsenal continued their strong finish to the season by defeating Everton 2-1 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday but Liverpool’s win meant they had to settle for fifth place.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is confident of signing the next Gareth Bale for a bargain price of just £10million as the deal of the summer edges closer.