Luis Alberto: Who is Liverpool's latest young Spanish playmaker?
Liverpool have continued their early summer transfer dealings with the announcement of young Spanish winger, Luis Alberto. The 20-year-old joins the club from Spanish side Sevilla, but he was noticed over the course of last campaign during his time on-loan to Barcelona B.
His move is still subject to international approval, but he has agreed a long-term deal with the Merseyside club and he will hope to make his way into the side during the summer friendly schedule.
In his Sevilla, but obviously spent last season at Barcelona B.
He's a big talent and one for now that can play. He's got competitive games behind him and is one we see progressing over the next few years.
Importantly, he knows the type of game and model we're trying to work in."
But, to many the name Luis Alberto does not mean a whole lot of anything. At only 20-years-old he is not a household name, even throughout the majority of Spain. He debuted for the Sevilla first team in 2011 at the age of 18, but it was with the Sevilla B side from 2009-12 and later Barcelona B in 2012-13 that he made his name.
For Sevilla’s B side he made 77 appearances scoring 25 goals but his 2012-13 campaign for Barcelona B showed his overall class as he scored 11 goals and provided 17 assists in 38 appearances for the Catalonian side.
Having been brought through the same Sevilla system that new Manchester City signing Jesus Navas also graduated from, Alberto’s pedigree is certainly one of note and he is expected to impress with Liverpool throughout his career.
His comparison to young Philippe Coutinho is a fair one as the two are both believed to be playmaking midfielders that will be essential to creating the type of pass and move possession based offense that Brendan Rodgers wants to create at Liverpool.
The anticipation of seeing Alberto on the pitch in red is already starting to buzz as the club look to be truly building an exciting youth filled side that will be interesting to watch come together.