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'Compared to Liverpool': Suso explains why Reds spell didn't work out

Sevilla’s Suso was once a bright talent at Liverpool. The Spanish winger thinks he knows why he’s looked better elsewhere, however.

Suso didn’t make it at Liverpool but he thinks he knows why. The Spaniard – now 27 – believes it comes down to style of play.

After joining as a 15-year-old back in 2010, Suso left to join AC Milan in 2015. He enjoyed a productive time there, too, playing over 150 games and scoring 24 goals.

He left Italy to return to Spain in 2020, though. Initially joining Sevilla on loan in January, they made that move permanent this summer for around £19m.

So given he’s had a decent career afterwards, what went wrong at Liverpool? It’s a question of style, he believes.

“I think it was a beautiful period in Italy,” Suso told Goal. “Compared to Liverpool, it is more similar to Spain, and that part was very good. Football is slower, more organised and tactical.

“Here, we play with the ball more, but I got good things from everywhere and they were five very enjoyable years.”

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Physically, Suso was never a natural fit in the Premier League. The fast-paced physicality means only a select few undersized playmakers success – and they’re usually elite.

But we can’t help but feel that Suso left at the wrong time.

He broke into the team with Raheem Sterling in 12/13 but spent 13/14 with Almeria. That was a fantastic season for Liverpool, of course.

But as the Reds declined, Suso should have seen more games once he was back for 14/15. He left for Milan in January 2015 but Liverpool really could have done more with him at the backend of that campaign.

Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lamber and Fabio Borini all struggled badly that season. Jordon Ibe then broke into the setup after Suso left.

In hindsight, Suso should have had a chance over them all. He’s gone on to have a much better career than Ibe and Markovic, for instance.

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But it wasn’t to be. Maybe Suso could have made it at Liverpool but it’s something we’ll never know the answer to.

Fortunately, he has gone on to make a career for himself. That’s better than most have done, certainly.

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