Following Brendan Rodgers’ appointment, much was speculated that Suso would gradually start to earn first-team appearances as a result of his playing style and technical ability falling in line with the Liverpool boss.
Despite some impressive early performances, including an excellent Europa League debut against Young Boys, Suso never managed to fully break into the first-team and following the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Suso was shut out.
Taking the opportunity to get some first-team action, he returned to Spain to play for recently promoted Almeria.
The Spanish U21 international has made 18 La Liga starts this term, impressively contributing to nine goals by means of goals and assists. The 20-year-old has improved greatly as the season has gone on and is arguably Almeria’s most dangerous asset, recording 39 shots and 38 successful dribbles over the season – averaging more than any other player in the squad.
Suso’s contract at Liverpool expires in the summer of 2015, a situation that Brendan Rodgers will surely rectify over the next couple of months. The attacking midfielder however has expressed his desire to remain in La Liga on-loan for at least one more season, saying:
“I only have one season left at Liverpool. If I renew, I think it would be a good option for me to continue at Almeria for another year, I would like to do that.”
“What happens from now on doesn’t depend on me.”
Releasing the youngster or selling him for cheap wouldn’t represent good business for Brendan Rodgers right now – despite Liverpool not lacking in attacking options.
Another year and further valuable experience in La Liga will do Suso and his parent club no harm – and then Liverpool can decide what is best for their talented youngster.
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