Spanish playmaker Suso has indicated he would have stayed at Liverpool if our contract offer was better.
The 22-year-old left on a Bosman deal last summer, although Italian club Milan paid a small compensatory fee due to the player’s age.
Suso broke into the side under Brendan Rodgers and initially impressed due to his technical ability and vision. His progress stagnated though, and following a year on loan at Almeria in 2013/14, he couldn’t get in the side the following season and was eventually allowed to leave…
“It (my contract) was expiring, and their proposal to renew for me was not good,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Certainly it was a special place, I got there I was a kid, it seemed like a dream.
“If I’m at Milan it’s thanks to them, however, I made the right choice in coming to Italy.”
Suso’s words are kind and show no bitterness towards his Liverpool exit. Having seen him first hand, we can testify that the attacking midfielder is very, very talented – but his physicality and attitude could perhaps be called into question.
He wasn’t a hard worker and lacked the strength to regain possession or even hold on to it at points.
Milan loaned him to Genoa last term and he scored six goals in 19 matches – a very decent return for a playmaker. If he bulks up, learns to play for the team more and adds consistency to his game, Suso could develop into a top player – and while that’d be hard for us to watch from afar – we wouldn’t begrudge him it.
Interestingly, when Suso was in Liverpool’s side, Raheem Sterling lined up on the other flank – and we predicted the two teenagers would be fixtures in our squad for many a season. It’s crazy how quickly things can change in football.