Blow for Liverpool flop Luis Alberto – will he be here to serve 12-month ban?

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The Spanish midfielder has been convicted of drink-driving and has been ordered to stay off the roads for a year.

After a lot of promise, it has been a season to forget for young Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto.

The gifted playmaker joined Liverpool in the summer but has had limited chances to show the Kop what he is capable of in his first year at the club.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the former Sevilla man, with the 21-year-old pleading guilty to drink driving and given a 12-month man from the roads.

Despite pleas from the midfielder’s lawyer, District Judge Richard Clancy banned the football star from Britain’s roads for a year.

“You will have six months to pass a drink drive course, if this is completed in six months the ban will be reduced to nine months," The Liverpool Echo quote him as saying.

He was also fined £1,500 and made to pay a £150 victim surcharge.

Alberto’s future should certainly be in question given that he has not made a single Premier League start since his £6 million move last summer.

Next season Liverpool will play in the Champions League and as such the side will have more fixtures. This will give the Spaniard hope of featuring more regularly, but it could be offset by the expected summer arrivals.

A loan move to a fellow Premier League club could well be a good idea to give Alberto experience of British football instead of rotting away in the Merseyside reserves.

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