Is loaning Suso the right choice for Liverpool?

The Spanish attacker is set to go back to Spain on loan with either Almeria or Espanyol.

It looks as if Liverpool are on the verge of allowing one of their most promising starlets go out on loan next season. Reports are suggesting that Suso will be allowed to join newly promoted La Liga side Almeria for the 2013-14 campaign - however Espanyol are now reportedly entering the fray so nothing has yet been confirmed.

But it definitely looks as if the young Spaniard will be spending next season away from Anfield and in his homeland.

But is it the right decision?

Last season the 19-year-old attacking midfielder played 20 games under Brendan Rodgers and at the start of the season impressed as the new manager put an emphasis on the young players at the club.

But much like Raheem Sterling as the season went on playing time quickly reduced and after this summer competition for places has just become even greater.

Not only did Philippe Coutinho join in January to be the first spanner in his works this summer Rodgers has moved to bring in Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas; both players who play in a similar style and similar positions to Suso.

The fact he was also looking to bring in another withdrawn attacker in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan suggests that as far as Rodgers was concerned Suso was not part of the first-team plans this season.

And I have to agree.

Suso is obviously talented, his performance against Norwich last season alone proved just how good a player he could become in the future but right now the competition at Liverpool is just too fierce for the youngster.

I saw him play at the World Under-20 Championships for Spain and have to say he was disappointing. He failed to get involved in the games and in particular against Uruguay in the quarter-finals he disappeared for most of the game.

At Almeria in particular he is likely to get plenty of playing time in a team which currently only has a first-team squad of just 18 players.

And that is all he really needs; regular first-team football to continue along the right trajectory and eventually become a regular player in the Liverpool first-team.

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