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Former Liverpool defender finally makes La Liga debut after three-month snub

Former Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua made his long-awaited La Liga bow this weekend.

Had Emiliano Insua pushed on after a bright start at Anfield, there is every chance the Argentine would still be a Liverpool player.

The 24-year-old was just a teenager when he made his debut for Liverpool under Rafa Benitez, and has since gone onto be capped by Argentina.

The left-back failed though to hold down a spot at the Reds, and after a year-long loan with Galatasaray was sold to Sporting Lisbon by Kenny Dalglish.

This January after 18 months in Portugal, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid - with Sporting suffering financial difficulty and needing to cash in on some of their top talents, having just sold Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Norwich.

This weekend, Insua finally made his debut for Atletico, after an extended wait. 

Insua had not played a single minute for his new club since arriving in January, despite being fully fit, prompting on Atletico fan on Twitter to declare 'he is real!' when he came off the bench against Granada.

Atletico won the match 5-0, featuring two goals from Falcao, with the 17 minutes of football being Insua's first competitive match since featuring for Sporting in a 1-0 win over Beira-Mar on January 18.

AS reported that in his time on the pitch, Insua was dangerous in attack, providing a cross for the club's star Colombian striker, clearly striving to make an impression on coach and compatriot Diego Simeone.

In Insua's path at left-back is Brazilian defender Felipe Luis, who scored in the 5-0 win, who has been a near ever-present this season.

Earlier this month reports had even emerged that Insua could be a summer target for Portuguese side Benfica, with him failing to make an impression at Atletico, but perhaps he has just put the brakes on that.

Having finally made his bow, and shown brief flashes of what he can do, Insua is likely to get more chances between now and the end of the season.

Atletico are a big club in Spain enjoying a good season, and Simeone clearly does not want to change a winning team, but he may just find Insua has something to offer if the new-boy is given enough of an opportunity.

Liverpool fans what do you remember of Insua?



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