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Moreno relishing Anfield challenge

Defender Alberto Moreno admits his departure from Sevilla has been emotional and complicated but he is relishing the prospect of joining Liverpool.

The 22-year-old arrived at the club's Melwood training ground yesterday to finalise a £12million move to Anfield after Sevilla relented in Liverpool's long pursuit for the left-back.

Moreno was pulled from his side's starting line-up to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff on Tuesday night and bade a tearful farewell to fans and team-mates after the 2-0 defeat at the Millennium Stadium.

"I am living a strange situation because I'm leaving the club of my life," Moreno said.

"I was always aware of the two teams (trying) to agree. I never got into that but Sevilla have understood that Liverpool's offer was good and I am going.

"(I have) many feelings together. What happened on the pitch, with the fans, will remain forever etched on me and I could not help but mourn (his departure) because I did not expect it.

"First came the parting with colleagues, then with the fans...all very complicated. Liverpool are a great team and of course I'm super-motivated. I hope things go well."

Moreno's arrival will be the eighth through the doors at Anfield this summer, although Belgium striker Divock Origi has immediately returned to former club Lille on loan.

Acquiring the defender, providing much-needed competition for Jose Enrique, will take manager Brendan Rodgers' spending past the £100million mark this summer.

However, that has been significantly offset by the £75million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and offloading high-earning goalkeeper Jose Reina to Bayern Munich, while the imminent sale of Martin Kelly to Crystal Palace could bring in another £2million.

The future of Denmark captain Daniel Agger remains in doubt now Rodgers has six centre-backs to choose from but for one of that group the way forward is clear.

Trabzonspor were keen on veteran Kolo Toure (left) but the Ivory Coast international intends to see out the final year of his Reds' contract.

"Trabzonspor are interested in me but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player," Toure told Sport-Ivoire.

"Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool.

"The season is full of matches in the league and Champions League and I know I have time to prove I'm still hungry but I know I will not play every game, that's for sure."


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