There have been some positive noises coming out of Spain over the progress of Suso.
For those who have followed the progress of Suso during his Liverpool youth days they will have known that Liverpool have had a special looking talent on their books for a few years after he signed from Cadiz's youth team.
His technique has been admired by many, his low centre of gravity, the ability to pick a defence splitting pass along with his close control were all reasons which led manager Brendan Rodgers to give the young Spaniard his first team bow last season against Young Boys in the Europa League – the first of 20 appearances last season.
Sometimes he has looked a little star struck, other times he has looked as if he could be a genius and rip a defence apart – all part of the territory of being a promising young player.
He was such a promising talent that he caught the eye of both Barcelona and Real Madrid but opted for Liverpool, and here is what he said when he signed his first ever professional contract in 2010:
‘I had good offers from them (Barcelona and Real Madrid). I was going to sign for Real Madrid but one day before it the phone rang and Rafael Benitez spoke to me. He convinced me that Liverpool was the club for me and after that I had to change my plans. I was going to come to Liverpool. I have always liked the Premier League more than La Liga and I decided that it would be better for me to come here - even with the English weather!’
With first team chances looking limited for the 19-year-old this season, he has been spending the season out on-loan at La Liga club Almeria, but seems committed to having a future at Anfield after saying he turned down an offer from a club in Germany – because he wanted to stay attached to Liverpool.
All of the qualities he possesses are likely to be refined having played in a top European league for a season, his decision making is likely to be better and as a person he may be a bit more confident.
There seems to be a lot of praise for his work at Almeria and that should excite Liverpool fans, and hopefully next season Brendan Rodgers will have a big selection headache. Imagine trying to accommodate both Philippe Coutinho and an improved Suso into the same side. The Reds certainly wouldn’t lack technically gifted players that’s for sure.
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