Alberto Moreno

Liverpool have been urged to reopen talks over Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno despite recent reports suggesting the possibility of any deal was dead and buried.

Reports in Spain last month claimed Liverpool had agreed a five-year deal with the Spaniard worth £1.2m a season. However, the deal then reportedly foundered after Sevilla demanded around £18m for the defender way above Liverpool's £13.5m valuation.

Last week some reports claimed that the Merseysiders were already looking at alternatives such as Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo.

However, now Sevilla president Pepe Castro has encouraged Liverpool to return to the table.

When asked by Spanish newspaper ABC about the possibility of Moreno moving to Liverpool, he said: "It's true that there is interest in him from a number of clubs -- above all Liverpool -- but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him."

Nevertheless, Castro admitted Sevilla are open to talks about a sale -- for the right price.

"Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price. If Alberto Moreno has to stay at the club he will stay but if a club pays the amount we think is big enough for him to leave, he will leave. But there is no pressure," he said.

"We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down. We'll wait and see what happens. If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold."

The La Liga side have already sold Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona for around £16m while last summer they cashed-in with other key players such as Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, who both joined Manchester City.