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Spain's Alberto Moreno smiles during a press conference in Sevilla on May 29, 2014

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Spain's Alberto Moreno smiles during a press conference in Sevilla on May 29, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jorge Guerrero)

Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Liverpool announced late on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to sign Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno from Europa League champions Sevilla.

The 22-year-old was absent from the Sevilla squad for their 2-0 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff and Liverpool subsequently revealed that they have struck a deal to bring him to Anfield.

"Liverpool can confirm they have reached an agreement with Sevilla for the transfer of Spain international full-back Alberto Moreno," Liverpool said in a brief statement on their website.

"The Reds will proceed with the formalities of finalising the deal for the 22-year-old over the coming days and will make no further announcement until it is complete."

Liverpool did not confirm how much they have agreed to pay for Moreno, but British press reports put the transfer fee at around £12 million ($20.2 million, 15.1 million euros).

Speaking after his side's loss to Madrid at the Cardiff City Stadium, Sevilla coach Unai Emery said that Moreno would leave with the club's blessing.

"We didn't have any clear expectation (about the transfer being completed), but it was in our minds," he said.

"This has been in the offing for a month and a half or two. We were aware of the need to take him out of the squad.

"And we were in England and close to the teams who are interested in Alberto. Maybe decisions are speeding up because we are getting towards the end of the transfer window (on August 31).

"We want to wish all the best to Alberto Moreno and we need to continue with our path. He's a player we can no longer count on."

Seville-born Moreno graduated from Sevilla's youth academy and made his first-team debut in April 2012. He has won three caps for Spain.

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