Date of birth
Liam Moore has today put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Madejski Stadium in August 2016.
The 6’1” centre back became the tenth signing of the summer, leaving the reigning Premier League champions to begin a new chapter in his career with Jaap Stam’s Royals.
Loughborough-born Liam came through the ranks at the King Power Stadium, captaining the Foxes’ youth team before making his first team debut for City in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in January 2012.
Before that, Moore had made his professional football bow on loan at Bradford - former Royals skipper Phil Parkinson naming him in his back line throughout the first half of the Bantams’ 2011-12 campaign.
The following season he spent a loan stint in League One with Brentford, but also made his mark at Leicester – whom he helped take to a sixth-placed finish and into the play-offs.
Liam’s first and only goal of his career to date came in a 2-0 win over Wigan in September 2013 – Moore making 33 appearances in the City side that won the Championship title that season, earning automatic promotion to the Premier League with 102 points and only 43 goals conceded.
He enjoyed top flight football with Leicester in 2014-15 and represented England’s Under-21s in the European Championships at the end of his first Premier League campaign – crucially scoring against Croatia in a play-off to get Gareth Southgate’s side out to the tournament in the Czech Republic in the first place.
In the same England squad as Jonathan Bond that summer, Moore featured alongside the likes of Harry Kane, John Stones, Danny Ings, Jesse Lingard and Jack Butland against Portugal and Sweden for Gareth Southgate’s side.
Then, returning to domestic football, Moore spent the first half of the 2015/16 season on loan with Bristol City – in fact, his last appearance for the Robins came at Madejski Stadium at the very start of 2016.
His first campaign in blue and white hoops was phenomenal. Moore finished as a runner-up in the Player of the Season vote and made more blocks than any other player in the division (a total of 61!). Play-off heartache will only serve to drive a player with ability and talent one step further in the future.