Liverpool flop Iago Aspas has urged Sevilla starlet Alberto Moreno to remain in Spain, suggesting life on Merseyside won't suit the young full back.
Aspas, 26, has joined the Andalusian club on a season long loan deal after a disappointing first season at Anfield following his £7m arrival from Celta Vigo last summer.
Moreno meanwhile appeared set to move in the other direction as Liverpool sought to make the Spaniard the long-term solution to their problems at left back.
Brendan Rodgers' side were understood to have agreed a fee of €22m for the 22-year-old but the deal stalled following Sevilla's demand to receive the entire transfer fee up front.
Following Ryan Bertrand's move to Southampton, Liverpool have seen one of their possible targets disappear off the market, a situation that could see them reignite their interest in Moreno.
But Aspas, who started just six games during his miserable first season at the club, believes the youngster would be better suited remaining in Seville.
"I have not spoken with Alberto about Liverpool," Aspas told the Seville edition of Spanish publication ABC. "Yes, it is true that the teammates make some jokes about the topic. But if it's a question of life, I would say that in Sevilla it is better than there (in Liverpool), that's for sure.
"And I've just been in Sevilla for three or four days. Now I belong to Sevilla, I prefer him to stay here."
Moreno, who was included in Spain's preliminary World Cup squad before failing to make the cut, appeared set to become Liverpool's first signing of the summer last month.
Reports in the Spanish press suggested the clubs initially agreed a fee of €20m plus €2m in future add ons. However, negotiations fell apart after Sevilla rejected Liverpool's offer to pay that €20m fee in several instalments over the next few years.
The position of left back was a concern for Brendan Rodgers last season as first choice option Jose Enrique was ruled out for the season in November after undergoing knee surgery. Aly Cissokho, who was brought in on loan from Valencia last term, failed to assert himself in the starting XI, allowing youngster Jon Flanagan to move across from the right and fill the void.