Desperate times call for desperate measures. On a day that Brendan Rodgers said his side would have to ‘man up’ if they picked up niggling injuries, the Liverpool boss also hinted that a number of reserve players will be getting a call up in the not too distant future. According to the Daily Mail, Suso could be the first on the list.
Rodgers is keen to give Suso his first team debut as he looks to bolster his attacking line after missing out on Clint Dempsey. Yet many people will ask, who is Suso? With that in mind here’s three things you need to know about the 18-year-old Spaniard.
- Despite Rodgers seeing him as a striking solution, Suso is not naturally a forward
Suso is a highly rated part of the Liverpool academy yet generally prefers to play as an attacking midfielder not a striker. Therefore, contrary to the Daily Mail’s report, the youngster won’t be the natural solution to Liverpool’s goal scoring problem. Likened to his compatriots Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, Suso is a midfield magician with an eye for a pass.
No doubt the midfielder might add incisiveness to the Liverpool midfield and help Luis Suarez create goal-scoring chances yet whether he personally adds to the goal tally is debatable.
- Spaniard is another reminder of Rafa’s legacy
Yes Brendan Rodgers has given regular games to the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Martin Kelly (as well as appearances for Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson) but he is not the man to thank. During his time at Liverpool Rafael Benitez stressed the importance of developing the youth academy and now the fruits of his labour are finally on show.
Suso is another one of these prospects brought to the club by Rafa from Cadiz in 2010 – the youngster actually rejected Real Madrid to join the Reds. I’m sure Benitez will have a smile on his face when the Spaniard youngster gets his chance in the Liverpool first team.
- Suso’s Spanish influence will help him fit in the ‘tiki taka’ style
Suso is a regular feature in the Spanish set-up as well as being an important part in the Liverpool reserves. The midfielder has appeared for his country at U17, U18 and U19, scoring 6 goals in 21 appearances for Spain. Suso’s international experience, particularly in the Spanish system, will certainly help him as he looks to break into Brendan Rodgers squad especially considering the Northern Irishman’s possession based philosophy.
With a strong desire to learn and incredible skill and potential here’s hoping that Suso can help improve Liverpool’s attacking capabilities.
Times are going to be hard for Liverpool until January, as Brendan Rodgers said himself today. Yet with conversation concentrated around other issues at the club and Liverpool’s form poor going into a tough stretch of games, perhaps the time is now for Rodgers to breed in this young new talent. After all, if they can get through the next few weeks then they can manage anything.