Liverpool could maybe give Luis Alberto a chance to resurrect his career ahead of next season, the Echo report.
The Spanish playmaker arrived on Merseyside in summer 2013 under Brendan Rodgers’ stewardship, but hardly featured in our impressive 2013/14 campaign. We then then sent him to Malaga in 2014/15 and Deportivo in 2015/16 – meaning three years after we splashed out on him – he’s still made just nine appearances in total – all of which came from the bench.
The assumption was that he’d leave permanently this summer, but the report suggests that Jurgen Klopp is ready to give him another chance, following an impressive La Liga campaign. The 23-year-old registered seven assists and scored six goals – nailing down a starting spot in Deportivo’s XI.
Villarreal and our Europa League conquerers Sevilla are interested, but Klopp could keep hold of Alberto and give him another year to prove his worth.
“He belongs to Liverpool and has to return. We have already been informed that he will attend the pre-season with Liverpool,” Alberto’s agent Alvaro Torres told Marca.
“During the transfer market in May, we know little. The first thing is to talk with Liverpool and see what opinion they have on Alberto.”
As well as Alberto, Lazar Markovic is likely to get a chance to impress Klopp too, but Mario Balotelli, the want-away Italian forward, is well and truly surplus to requirements and will be sold to the first bidder.