Liverpool have consistently produced some of the game’s finest talents, promoting the country’s brightest footballers from the academy. Michael Owen went on to win a Ballon d’Or, Steven Gerrard became one of the most complete midfielders the sport has ever seen and now Trent Alexander-Arnold is redefining the full back role. However, there have been some talents wasted by the club. Liverpool need to learn a valuable lesson after they made a mistake with Suso and Luis Alberto.
Suso and Alberto
Liverpool often bring in the brightest youngsters from the continent over to Melwood to develop.
Two examples of this practice are Suso and Luis Alberto. The Spanish pair joined the Reds at different stages of their development with Suso joining as a 16-year-old and Alberto just before his 20th birthday.
The pair were expected to become leading lights for the club provided they fulfilled their enormous potential.
Despite their great potential Suso and Alberto failed to make the grade at Anfield and were eventually moved on to the Italian Serie A.
Suso moved to AC Milan whilst Alberto moved to Lazio. During their time in Serie A the pair showed the Reds just what they’d been missing out on.
The Milan midfielder recorded seven goals and 10 assists in the 2018/19 season, the peak of his powers in Northern Italy. Suso has since signed for Sevilla.
Alberto on the other hand has become a pivotal player for Lazio, recording 15 assists in the 2019/20 season, he has been linked with a big money move back to the Premier League.
Keep the pathway clear
The Reds have been made to regret their handling of Suso and Alberto. The pair began to come good at a time when the Reds were struggling to reassert themselves in the Premier League; when we were sweating on the fitness of Adam Lallana we had to watch Suso tear apart defences in Italy.
At the minute there are plenty of Kopites pleading for big money moves, marquee signings as a signal of intent. Such moves would be misguided and could see the club repeat the same mistake we made with our young Spanish duo.
The Reds need to make sure they keep the pathway to the first team clear for the likes of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg.
To sign a player like Kai Havertz would impede the opportunities given to Jones, to sign Jadon Sancho would be to deny Harvey Elliott. We need to have more faith in these youngsters, we need to learn from past mistakes.