‘I said no’: Ex-Liverpool star says why turned down new five-year deal from Klopp in 2019
Former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has said that he rejected a five-year deal to stay at Anfield in 2019.
Speaking to El Periodico Mediterraneo, the now Villarreal star admitted that he and his family were eager to return to Spain after five years in England.
Moreover, at the time, Moreno was serving as backup for Andy Robertson at Liverpool.
With the Spanish international way down in the pecking order for the Merseyside club, Moreno rejected a new five-year contract with Liverpool offered to him by Jurgen Klopp. And the defender revealed that wanting to return to Spain was key behind this decision.
The 29-year-old full-back said: “In my fifth year, I was given the chance to renew, for another five years. But, I said no.
“We’d had many years in England. I have three children and spoke with my wife. And we decided that the best thing was to return to Spain. I just wanted to go back to Spain.”
Indeed, the decision to return to Spain has so far proven to be a successful one for Moreno.
The defender is now a regular for Unai Emery’s Villarreal side. Who last season beat Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League final.
And with the Reds now having a promising backup to Robertson in Kostas Tsimikas, the departure of Moreno has worked out well for all parties.