The Spanish youngster says that he wants to return to Liverpool from his loan spell at Almeria in the summer.
Remember Suso? The teenager who arrived at Liverpool from Spain back in 2010?
The Spain Under-21 international is now 20 years of age and is playing for Almeria on loan from the Reds. He is scheduled to return to his parent club at the end of the season, and he is looking forward to it.
However, the youngster stopped short of confirming that he will certainly play for the first team, admitting that he has still to “negotiate” over his future with the Merseyside outfit.
Suso’s potential return to Anfield poses the following three questions:
Is Suso really needed at Liverpool?
Suso has claimed that Champions League football at Anfield would put more pressure on the club’s resources, which is why he could be recalled by Rodgers. Next season, Liverpool will return to Europe’s premier club competition and the Spaniard’s inclusion would reinforce the squad. So essentially, he will be a squad player.
From that perspective, he is correct: given his age and his obvious eagerness to play in every game, Suso will provide Rodgers with a pair of extra legs. Moreover, given how the Northern Irishman has helped (re)launched the careers of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge during his managerial tenure at Anfield, it is clear that Suso is only going to be the beneficiary of his faith in youth.
Will Suso’s development be hampered by Liverpool return?
The Spaniard has been progressing well in his homeland and is a first-team member of an Almeria side that can still escape the drop from La Liga. The 2012 UEFA European U-19 Championship winner has scored three goals and provided seven assists in 25 league starts, and he is only 20. Even if Almeria do go down, Suso will still have a successful season on a personal level.
However, a return to Liverpool will see him get fewer games, at least in the initial stages. He will have to prove that he deserves a place in the first team week in week out and will have to fight with other talented youngsters. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sterling and Sturridge are regular first-choice players under Rodgers, and it would take some time for Suso to make his mark. Suso does have the talent and the versatility to play anywhere in attack, but at this moment in time he may struggle for game time at Anfield.
Should Suso be loaned out to a Premier League club?
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been on loan for the past two seasons and he has proved himself to be a success during both spells. Last season he was a key player up front for West Bromwich Albion and this campaign he has continued to gel under Roberto Martinez at Everton. And he is only 20.
Liverpool could deploy the same tactic: recall Suso from Spain and loan him out to a Premier League club that would allow him to explore his attacking talents. Of course, the 20-year-old needs to be placed in a team that plays attacking football, mainly because that is the philosophy that Rodgers himself believes in. Last season Suso struggled in England, so getting more experience in English football is only going to do him good.