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Liverpool's Alberto Moreno assessing options with contract talks in stalemate - sources

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno assessing options with contract talks in stalemate - sources

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MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho says he will be respectful of the Chelsea crowd and won't go "crazy" if he claims his Manchester United win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Portuguese coach has lost on each of his three visits to former club Chelsea since talking over at Old Trafford in 2016.

And even if he injects some life into a disappointing start to the season with victory over Maurizio Sarri's side, the 55-year-old insists he will not rub salt into the wound in front of the home fans.

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"For me is another game," Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. "Would I celebrate like crazy if my team score a goal at Stamford Bridge or my team wins at Stamford Bridge? I don't think so.

"I think I would try to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters and stadium for many years, to do that should be something if I completely lost my emotional control, which is not easy.

"So I would think which stadium I am in, which public is in the stands but apart from that it is another match for me.

"I want to do well for my team, my players, my support. I am 100 percent Manchester United [on Saturday], no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans."

Talks over a new contract between Alberto Moreno and Liverpool are yet to restart as the left-back continues to assess his options, sources have told ESPN FC.

Moreno's Liverpool deal expires at the end of the season and could leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.

Sources have said Liverpool offered Moreno a long-term contract at the end of last season before the player's camp then responded with a counter-offer.

Having been unable to settle on terms, Liverpool and Moreno's representatives agreed to hold further talks before the end 2018.

However, sources have said these are yet to take place, and Moreno is now weighing up his options as he desires regular game-time at the age of 26.

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Behind Andrew Robertson in the left-back pecking order at Anfield, Moreno has been restricted to just 90 minutes of action so far this season.

Sources have said that at least two La Liga clubs are interested in Moreno, with the player permitted to hold discussions with teams outside the Premier League from January.

Moreno would be open to a move back to Spain, a source said, having joined Liverpool from Sevilla in a £12 million deal back in 2014.

Meanwhile, Moreno's potential departure could benefit Liverpool's young left-back Adam Lewis, who signed a professional contract last December.

The 18-year-old is highly thought of at the club's Kirkby academy and trained at Melwood with the first team over the international break.

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