Midfielder Luis Alberto arrived at Liverpool during the summer with a reputation of a promising young footballer.
Alberto has played in an advanced position and out wide during his time at Anfield – having made six appearances for the first team as well as the under 21 side.
The £6.8m side is itching to be involved in the first team on a more regular basis and has received advice from teammates to knuckle down and be patient because his chance might come sooner rather than later.
But what can he bring to the Liverpool team?
We may not have seen much of the 21-year-old this season but in the games he has had a role in, he seems a very assured player on the ball, if anything performing like a player who is older than his age. He looks calm, seems to think about where he wants to put the ball very carefully.
That is the kind of player you could put into a game if you wanted a bit more control, or to calm down the game. Although he was played in a much wider role when he was introduced to the action in the Reds 2-2 draw against Newcastle United, the control Liverpool had on the game seemed to improve, keeping hold of possession seemed easier when Alberto tucked in from the right hand side.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the situation were to arise and Liverpool needed someone to be comfortable on the ball in a deeper position for the young Spaniard to fulfill that role. He has demonstrated some ability to thread through a pass that could cut open a rigid opposition.
The fact he looks like he could play in a variety of positions will count in his favour a great deal, especially if he shows he is willing.
When will he get his chance? Well, there are seven league games in December, and immediately after that there is the third round of the FA Cup where it is feasible Alberto will get a run out if Liverpool draw a side from the lower divisions.
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