Liverpool legend hails ‘impressive’ Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson is impressed with Spanish duo Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno
Mark Lawrenson has hailed Liverpool signings Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno.
Atletico Madrid full-back Manquillo has made two Premier League appearances as the 19-year-old rivals Glen Johnson for a starting spot following his loan move.
Moreno’s goal at Tottenham has taken the spotlight but Manquillo really impressed me on his debut
Moreno, who sealed a £12m move to Anfield from Sevilla last month, scored a superb solo goal to help Liverpool win 3-0 at White Hart Lane last Sunday.
And former Liverpool defender Lawrenson heaped praise on the Spanish duo after the pair’s early performances for the 18-time English champions.
“Alberto Moreno has wasted no time in winning over the Liverpool fans with his actions on the field and some appreciative words off it,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Echo.
“And I’ve been impressed not only with Moreno, but his fellow Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo. Whisper it quietly, but both seem to get it.
“Straight away, they know what their roles are in the team and what is expected of them.
“That isn’t always the case with new signings, especially in defence.”
Lawrenson added that he is confident the summer signings will enjoy more fruitful Liverpool careers than Josemi and Alberto Riera.
“Moreno’s goal at Tottenham has taken the spotlight but Manquillo really impressed me on his debut up against Southampton’s Dusan Tadic. He was straight into him from the first whistle.
“The ball was there to be won, he won it and made a statement. Certainly, it got the fans onside immediately.
“I know Liverpool have had a few Spanish players in the past who have done well early on – I’m thinking the likes of Josemi and Albert Riera – before tailing off.
“Whether Moreno and Manquillo are the long-term answer, only time will tell. But so far, so good.
“And it gives Jon Flanagan, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson something to think about.
“There is genuine competition for places at full-back now.”