Revived former Liverpool flop reveals honest view about ‘wasted’ Anfield years

Date published: Tuesday 12th October 2021 9:55 - Samuel Bannister

Jordan Henderson, Joao Teixeira and Luis Alberto

Luis Alberto has opened up on his failed stint at Liverpool more than five years after his departure, insisting he could have been a success there were it not for the timing of the transfer.

Alberto joined Liverpool in 2013 from Sevilla, having spent a season on loan in the second tier with Barcelona B. The Spanish midfielder failed to make much of an impact in England, though. He only managed 12 appearances in all competitions and failed to score.

He subsequently went on loan to Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna, before sealing a permanent transfer to Lazio in 2016.

Since his move to Serie A, Alberto has got his career back on track, proving his ability as a creative talent. He is likely to pass 200 appearances for the Rome-based outfit this season.

Given how little his impact was at Anfield, Liverpool may not have too many regrets about losing him. But Alberto believes he would have done better for Liverpool if the transfer had come at a different point in his career.

Even so, he said it was an opportunity he could not turn down at the time.

“When such a team calls you, you can’t say no,” he told Rivista Undici (as translated by Sport Witness).

“In a short time, I had gone from the Spanish second division to a team that could win the Premier League, with players like [Steven] Gerrard, [Luis] Suarez or [Daniel] Sturridge.

“I had moved on to a completely different football; I realised that beyond the technical quality, I had to raise the level of many other things.

“Of course, it’s true: it would certainly have gone differently if they had called me at another time, but there are those who throw away fifteen years of their career; after all I have only wasted a couple of years.”

Recently, Alberto – now 29 years old – has been backed to get a second chance in the Premier League. Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would supposedly welcome a reunion at Leicester City.

The Foxes are on the lookout for more creativity amid fears that James Maddison or Youri Tielemans could leave. Alberto could thus be a solution.

But as things stand, he is under contract with Lazio until 2025, so seems set to spend most of his career there.

If ever he does move, though, Liverpool will still benefit, as they inserted a sell-on clause when getting rid of him.

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Liverpool seek Serie A midfield signing

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s European papers suggested Liverpool could make a midfield signing from a different Serie A club.

They are said to be one of the frontrunners to take Franck Kessie when his contract with AC Milan expires.

Kessie recently played against Liverpool in the Champions League and could come to call Anfield his home if they can tempt him.

According to Mundo Deportivo, they are one of several clubs now at work trying to convince his entourage. Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are all also in the hunt, while Barcelona have an interest.

Milan are not offering Kessie the kind of salary he is after to renew. Therefore, he looks ready for a new challenge and could venture outside Italy.

He will take his time rather than sign a pre-contract agreement, but the chance to sign him for free is one that appeals to many.

Liverpool are serious suitors and would be hoping he could be more successful in their midfield than Alberto was if he were to join.

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