It seems like a lifetime ago a certain Luis Alberto was plying his trade at Liverpool.
The Spanish midfielder joined the Merseyside club from Sevilla for a reported fee of £6.8 million as a 21-year-old with big dreams of making it at Liverpool.
Alberto won the move to the Reds after an impressive few seasons in both La Liga and the Segunda Division in Spain with his boyhood club Sevilla and Barcelona’s B team, where he spent a season on loan at.
Although the creative midfielder came to Liverpool with the potential to be special, it soon became quickly apparent that Alberto would have to wait for his turn to break into Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Spaniard only made 12 appearances for Liverpool in the season he joined the club, however, that would prove to be the only time Alberto would represent the historic English side, playing just 258 minutes in total for the Reds.
Alberto’s remaining two years at the club would be spent out on loan, both of them at La Liga clubs. His first spell was spent at Malaga where the creative midfielder would make 20 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.
His second loan away from Anfield was spent at Deportivo, where Alberto had his most productive season to date, scoring six goals in 29 appearances for the La Liga side in a season where the historical Spanish side finished four points above the relegation zone.
After returning to Liverpool, it was clear that his future lied away from the club, and on deadline day of the 2016 summer transfer window, Alberto made the move to Lazio in a permanent deal for a reported £3.4 million.
It proved to be the right move for the midfielder, as since moving to Rome the Spaniard has flourished in Serie A, being one of Lazio’s best players in the past three seasons and being an attacking and creative powerhouse for the club.
Liverpool may regret selling him as he could easily fill Jurgen Klopp’s current playmaker void as he’s produced goals and assists with ease over in Italy. The Reds are crying out for an attacking midfielder after Philippe Coutinho’s exit last January with creativity being hard to come by in the final third.
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