By Coral Barry
Luis Alberto is expected to be given the chance to resurrect his Liverpool career after impressing Jurgen Klopp while out on loan, according to a report.
The Spanish attacking midfielder enjoyed an impressive season with La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruna, scoring six times and providing eight assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.
Alberto signed for Liverpool from Seville three years ago, but failed to make an impression on then manager Brendan Rodgers and has been sent out on loan to various clubs ever since, but now the Liverpool Echo claim that Klopp has been convinced to offer the youngster another chance.
The 23-year-old’s first loan spell at Malaga was not a success, with just six league starts all season, but Alberto has managed to rediscover some of the form that led Liverpool to fork out almost £7million on him in 2013.
Klopp is ready to initiate a squad overhaul this summer as he looks to put his stamp on the club and would have been expected to clip off some of the dead weight that currently clings to the Liverpool wage bill.
However, the German coach is not entirely convinced Alberto is a lost cause and has told him to return to Anfield for pre-season, so he can get a closer look.
Alberto’s agent, Alvaro Torres, told Spanish newspaper Marca that there has been no decision about his player’s future and that they have already been told of the next step.
He said: “Alberto belongs to Liverpool and has to return. We have already been informed that he will attend the pre-season with Liverpool.
“During the transfer market in May, we know little. The first thing is to talk with Liverpool and see what opinion they have on Alberto.”
Although Klopp is willing to give Alberto an opportunity, Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers and would be inclined to accept any bid of £4.6million or higher.
It is believed Alberto’s former club Seville wish to bring the player back to his boyhood club, while Villarreal and recent employers Deportivo are also keen on the attacker.