Lazio has agreed a £6 million fee, including add-ons, with Liverpool for the purchase of forgotten-man Luis Alberto.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Lazio will pay £4.3 million up-front with £1.7 million in add-ons to potentially follow. Alberto enjoyed a successful season in Spain where he scored 6 goals and set up a further 8 for La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna.
Alberto never really settled in at Liverpool after he was signed by Brendan Rodgers back in 2013. He was competing with the likes of Coutinho and Sterling for attacking midfield positions but didn’t quite make an impression on Liverpool’s then Northern Irish manager.
When Klopp took over from the Ulsterman, Alberto should’ve realised his career at Anfield was over. The Spaniard doesn’t suit Liverpool’s high-intensity pressing style which, ironically, is similar to how Rodgers had his side play in their near miss with the league title in the 2013/14 season.
Liverpool will recoup the £6.8 million they spent, but with the two loan spells Alberto had in Spain, and the potential £6 million fee from his sale, FSG could actually make a profit on a player who was never going to take the club by storm.
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While Alberto may be a stylish midfielder he doesn’t possess the physicality necessary to compete in England. I hope he does well in Italy.