Liverpool’s Spanish star Suso in La Liga loan move
Liverpool have sent their 19-year-old attacking midfielder Suso on a season-long loan to newly promoted La Liga side Union Deportiva Almeria.
The young Spaniard will be hoping to build on last year’s breakthrough season at Liverpool by playing a regular part for Almeria in one of the top leagues in the world, and gain vital experience by playing against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Liverpool signed the naturally talented midfielder from his local club Cádiz CF in the summer of 2010, and he was regarded by many as one of the most promising players in Liverpool’s youth ranks during the time he spent there.
Current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers handed Suso his first team debut in September 2012, when he took to the field to play a full game against Young Boys of Switzerland in the Europa League.
Days later he went on to make his league debut against none other than Manchester United, which was an indication that his manager had the belief that, even at just eighteen years of age, he was ready to step up to first team football.
Suso recently featured for Spain in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, as their next generation of talent impressed before being knocked out at the quarter-final stage by a plucky Uruguay side.
He featured regularly for Spain in this competition, and was given the responsibility of taking most of his teams set pieces, as well as being deployed in play-making roles from the right, centre, and even as a false-nine.
We’ve recently seen one of his team-mates from that U-20 side, Gerard Deulofeu, swap La Liga for the Premiership as he joined Everton on loan from Barcelona in an attempt to play more regular first team football, and it seems that Suso has moved for Liverpool to Almeria for similar reasons.
A loan move such as this can be vital for a player’s development, and an impressive season in La Liga could see Suso return to Liverpool and walk straight into the first team. Either that, or attract the attention of other top clubs around Europe who might wish to sign him on a permanent basis rather than on loan.
Indeed, he could enjoy his time at Almeria so much that he decides to stay there, especially if the club can perform above expectations in the La Liga. However, he does seem to be a player of the type which Brendan Rodgers seems to look for, and a good season in the Spanish league could see him return to Liverpool as a star player.