Attacking midfielder Luis Alberto will spend a second successive season on loan in Spain after joining Deportivo La Coruna…
Whilst the bulk of Liverpool’s squad were reconvening at Melwood for the first day of pre-season yesterday, midfielder Luis Alberto was busy completing a medical at Deportivo La Coruna.
The 22-year-old moves to the Estadio Riazor on a season-long loan deal and has subsequently expressed his happiness at being reunited with former coach Victor Sanchez.
“I want to reconnect with the pitch, enjoy myself, give joy to the fans and return the faith of my Coach,” Alberto told reporters.
“I spoke with the Coach, who knew me from Sevilla. He told me to come here and that I’d be very happy and feel like a player again at the level of two years ago.
“He knows me and where I have to improve, and now I’ll put myself at his disposal. I’m really looking forward [to playing under him].”
Alberto also spent last season back in his homeland, making 20 appearances in all competitions for Malaga and scoring twice.
A future at Anfield looks increasingly unlikely for the former Barcelona B team star who moved to Merseyside from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013.
In total Alberto had made just nine Premier League appearances for Liverpool, all of them as a substitute, with his only two starts coming in cup competitions.
Deportivo finished 16th in last season’s La Liga, surviving relegation on their head-to-head record only.
Alberto has three years to run on his Liverpool contract.
Perhaps the only surprise in this is that it is merely another temporary switch as opposed to an actual sale. Like compatriot Iago Aspas, Alberto has failed to impress manager Brendan Rodgers and subsequently been replaced by a number of other players in an increasing burgeoning Reds squad. Although technically proficient, Alberto’s relative lack of pace and strength has always looked likely to be an issue in the Premier League.
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