Alberto Moreno to Liverpool: Defender admits it has been emotional leaving Seville but is 'super-motivated' to succeed at Anfield

The defender will complete Reds move imminently

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Ahead of his imminent transfer to Liverpool, Alberto Moreno has admitted that leaving Seville has been emotional for him, but he is "super-motivated" to succeed at Anfield.

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

"I am living a strange situation because I'm leaving the club of my life," Moreno told ABC de Sevilla.

"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."

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 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," he added.

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"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 words echo that of a former Seville prospect who moved to the Premier League - Jose Reyes to Arsenal in January 2004.

Reyes said at the time: "I'm the happiest man and the saddest man in the world at the same time.

"I'm leaving the best team in Spain to join the best team in England.

"Without a doubt this is a step forward in my career but I'm not forgetting that I'm leaving the club that I love with all my heart."

Reyes would eventually return to Seville eight years later, and currently still plays for the Andalusians.