Positives and negatives of Liverpool sending Suso on loan

Liverpool are looking at sending Suso on loan next season, Brendan Rodgers has revealed, but his mind is still not made up.

Young Spaniard Suso began the season as one of Liverpool's bright hopes along with Raheem Sterling, and he still is. But he has barely featured in 2013, with Brendan Rodgers deciding he wasn't quite ready to be fast tracked.

Yesterday the Liverpool manager revealed he was even considering sending the 19-year-old out on loan for the season, but added that he is still undecided.

"Suso has been a very good cover player for us this season, the longer plan for him we have to look at. Does he actually have to go and play somewhere for a year and get experience?

"Does he need to show he can go and get goals and create goals and then we know what we have?"

So in an effort to try and help him out, we have come up with a list of positives and negatives for the Liverpool boss to assess prior to making a decision on the young talent.


If Suso isn't part of Brendan Rodgers' first team plans right now, there is little to suggest he will suddenly become a regular starter when the season rolls around in August.

He will get his chances, but if he is expecting to be holding down a regular spot week-in week-out, it may just be too early for the player, and going on loan would provide him with better opportunities.

Suso would be best off loaned to a Premier League side, so he can further acclimatise to English football at the top level, and grow into a more confident player.

He can return to Liverpool full of knowledge that he has what it takes to make an impact, and when he returns to Liverpool afterwards it really will be like having a new signing around the place.


There are several negatives for Liverpool to weigh up, firstly in that if Suso was needed this year to play a part there is every chance he will get games at the club next season.

As Dani Pacheco has shown via his countless loans away from Liverpool, it does not necessarily ensure progression, and even a switch to a club in the Premier League can be fruitless as Manchester United's Federico Macheda showed at QPR, and Ryo Miyaichi is experiencing at Wigan.

Suso may be better off continuing around Liverpool, learning from players like Steven Gerrard and Coutinho, and as he is one of the club's shining lights and best hopes, they may just want to continue with him around.

Brendan Rodgers has a proven track record of getting the best out of young players, so he may want to be wary of going on loan and sitting on another bench somewhere.

And finally, if Liverpool don't pick the right club and send him to Spain, there is a chance it could simply entice the youngster away, as Carlos Vela showed with his desire to up sticks and leave Arsenal after a number of La Liga loans.

What would you do? Should Suso be kept or loaned?

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