Does Suso really have a place within the Liverpool squad next season?

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Some fans would like him back, but there are reports of him being used as a make-weight in other deals.

As well as Liverpool trying to sign a lot of players this summer, a lot has been mentioned about a player who is on their books, but spent the season on loan last season.

Suso was part of the Almeria side that avoided relegation in La Liga. The attack minded midfielder found the net on three occasions and came up with nine assists as they avoided the drop in the Spain's top league.

In the season prior to that, he was used as a squad player with Liverpool’s participation in the Europa League meaning that all the resources at the disposal of Brendan Rodgers were being used.

Suso managed to make 20 appearances in all competitions in the 2012/13 season but he wasn’t seen for much of the second half of the season following the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan – who has since established himself within the Liverpool setup.

Some have suggested that with the Reds in need of a bigger squad next season because of their involvement in the Champions League that Suso has the quality to be part of it. He has good close control and technical ability but some would say he hasn't developed the strength and presence required to fit into the Liverpool team, nor the mature decision making.

There has been talk that the 20-year-old could be used as a make-weight in other deals – notably as Liverpool attempt to land Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. It has been suggested he was offered for a season on loan in return.

The Reds are also on the lookout for another attacking option to play in the midfield who has demonstrated a degree of versatility. Adam Lallana has been earmarked as one of their prime targets, and if they fail to land him both Xherdan Shaqiri and Lazar Markovic have been highlighted as other potential solutions.

In a side that scored 101 goals in the Premier League last season, one has to ask if Suso is needed in this Liverpool team. His first team chances may become limited, even in a side that is playing more games and maybe he should at least be considered for another spell on loan away from Anfield.

If Liverpool thought he capable of performing a big role at the club, would they be pursuing other players or be strongly linked to other players who can operate in that position effectively? It’s hard to see why they would be.

Some will want to keep him because he is a real talent, but there are those who won't lose any sleep if he were to leave. But if he does stick around, and Liverpool end up landing their targets, it’s hard to see just how he will develop at Anfield.

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