Luis Alberto says he ‘wasted’ years with Liverpool. The Spaniard could have been a star in another time, however.
Luis Alberto joined Liverpool back in 2013. He arrived as a very promising young attacking midfielder and obvious backup to Philippe Coutinho. Unfortunately, things never worked out.
Alberto never actually started a Premier League game and played a grand total of 135 minutes in the top flight at Liverpool. Unsurprisingly, those minutes didn’t provide all that much.
A disappointing loan to Malaga followed in 14/15 and then a more promising spell with Deportivo La Coruna the year after that. Alberto then joined Lazio in 2016 with real success.
It’s now clear that he’s a wonderful footballer but things just didn’t work out with Liverpool. Looking back, Alberto is simply grateful he didn’t spend too many years on Merseyside.
“In a short time, I had gone from the Spanish second division to a team that could win the Premier, with players like [Steven] Gerrard, [Luis] Suarez or [Daniel] Sturridge,” he told Rivista Undici.
“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.”
Luis Alberto at Liverpool
Honestly, Alberto was just very unfortunate. He arrived at a Liverpool team that had no European football and didn’t really rotate its squad at all. Brendan Rodgers instead found an XI and stuck to it, with Alberto and Iago Aspas not getting a look-in.
But that was how things were at Liverpool back then. They were trying to climb up the table and establish themselves without a comfortable top-four place.
That meant Rodgers just didn’t take chances on players like Alberto, who needed time to come into the side and adapt. Liverpool couldn’t afford to give him that.
It wasn’t as it is now, where Jurgen Klopp is willing to put Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott in creative midfield roles. The boss knows that his other seasoned champions will still be enough to win games even with developing youngsters in the XI.
If Alberto were to arrive now, things would be very different. He’d play with some regularity and as his numbers at Lazio prove, he creative talent would shine through.
In fact, we imagine Alberto could have become a star working under Klopp with this squad. Instead, he was best-suited to a transfer away where he could find regular football.
36 assists in Serie A over the last four seasons – and another 3 already this season – show Alberto’s ability. We can only imagine what he’d have achieved in a different era with Liverpool.