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Liverpool transfer news: Alberto Moreno set to sign two-year deal with Barcelona – reports

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The Liverpool left-back has fallen out of favour under Jurgen Klopp and is second-choice behind Andy Robertson.

Moreno is out of contract in the summer and was widely tipped to follow former Red Lucas Leiva to Serie A with Lazio after being spotted in Rome last week.

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However, a report in Spanish publication Sport claims Barca want to sign the error-prone defender as back-up to compatriot Jordi Alba.

The 27-year-old signed from Sevilla in 2014 for £12million but has been erratic and inconsistent at Anfield, to say the least.

As mentioned previously, Moreno is susceptible to making mistakes due to a lack of concentration – like his display in the 2016 Europa League Final.

His pace and attacking-instincts suggested Klopp would relish working with the Spaniard, but the emergence of Robertson has effectively ended his Liverpool career.

Moreno’s last appearance came in the FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Molinieux in January, one of just five times he has pulled on the famous red shirt this season.

The report goes on to claim the blaugrana will also target wonderkids Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax and reported Manchester United target Luka Jovic as they prepare for a squad overhaul at the Camp Nou.

That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who is convinced Klopp believes his Reds side is more balanced now without the Brazilian.

The midfielder hasn’t been a massive success at the Nou Camp, nevertheless, and to rub salt in the wounds Liverpool have a serious chance of claiming their first league title in 29 years this term.

But while McGarry claims Barca are prepared to offload Coutinho this summer, he insists the player won’t be making a return to Merseyside.

“I think that Jurgen Klopp believes he has a more balanced side now than he did when he had Coutinho in it”

“The fee I’m told that Barcelona are looking for is not the same as the one they paid Liverpool more than 18 months ago,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.

“They would accept around €90m for the player, accepting the loss but getting the salary off of the wage bill at the Camp Nou.

“For those Liverpool fans who listen to us, I’m pretty certain that Liverpool’s not an option – both financially and I think that Jurgen Klopp believes he has a more balanced side now than he did when he had Coutinho in it.”

He continued: “That was one of the reasons why he was allowed to go as well as the fact that the player agitated for the move.

“So it will be very interesting to see how that impacts on Neymar and also we might even see some other players leave PSG in the summer as well.”

After laying out such a huge fee for Coutinho just 14 months ago, the news Barcelona have put the 26-year-old up for sale will come as a surprise to many.

However, journalist Duncan Castles has revealed that the Spanish champions need to reduce their overloaded wage bill ahead of the arrival of Ajax youngster Frenkie De Jong.

“Barcelona are overloaded on their wage bill and, as we know, they’ve already got a deal in place to bring Frenkie De Jong to Camp Nou in the summer.

“They’re trying to add Matthijs De Ligt to that, which would be another deal of €75m plus for De Jong, they’re looking at the same area, perhaps even more. Ajax would like €100m for De Ligt to sign him.

“There are other areas in the team that Barcelona want. For example, a new centre-forward to either replace immediately or in the long-term, or the medium to long-term, Luis Suarez. So they’ve got big ambitions in the market for upgrading a squad, which is at present favourites to win the Champions League and should win the Spanish title.

“But they have to get players off their wage bill and Coutinho is one of the players that they will sacrifice if they can hook in a club like Paris St-Germain or one of the big English Premier League clubs to take on what are very significant wages and pay back the majority of what they paid to Liverpool to sign them.”

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