Could a change in position revitalise Luis Alberto's Liverpool career?

He didn't make much of an impact at Anfield during his first season.

After signing for Liverpool for a fee of around £6.8 million from Sevilla last summer, Liverpool fans were probably expecting to have a very exciting, young Spanish player on their hands in the form of Luis Alberto.

Nobody really expected him to set the world alight in his first season at Anfield, given the lack of European football, therefore not many opportunities for him to impress in the first team.

The 21-year-old hasn't done much wrong during his time at the club so far, but there hasn't been much to suggest that he will turn into the top class player that the Reds would like him to - with his only tangible contribution an assist for Luis Suarez during the Reds' 5-0 win at White Hart Lane last December in the Premier League.

He came to the club as a player more attack minded, someone who could play off the flanks or just behind the striker, but he struggled to get into the Reds' side this season - and didn't start a single Premier League game.

  TeamPosBig Chance CreatedTotal Scoring AttWon ContestAppsMins
Luis Alberto Liverpool MF 1 3 4 9 135

With less than two games of total game time on the field, it's not enough to make much of an impression on the game, but Alberto faces tough competition in the side - even if he does spend time on loan away from the club, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and whichever attacking midfielder that manager Brendan Rodgers decides to recruit are likely to be at the club for the start of the 2015/16 season.

So what if they decided to operate him in a deeper midfield position? This doesn't necessarily mean that he should be a defensive midfield player, but could act as another option for the club. Steven Gerrard could still be playing by that time, and Emre Can will have hoped to have himself well-established within the side by then.

  TeamPosWon TackleDuel WonBall RecoveryDispossessedFwd PassAppsMins
Luis Alberto Liverpool MF 2 8 7 4 30 9 135

The statistics above, especially when it comes to forward passes, perhaps demonstrate the times when he dropped deeper for the ball and tried to start off an attacking move. One forward pass every four and a half minutes for a player that wants to play in a fairly advanced position, and created very little opportunity off the back of it, is a fairly big amount.

People will point to his exploits in the second string, when he scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Sunderland for the under-21's, but if he wants to make it at Liverpool he might have to bring something different, or improve drastically.

He does seem like a player who would look comfortable sitting deeper, and he seems like a thinker more than an all-out action type of player. Those kind of players seem to comfortable in a deeper position. 

The next few steps in his career will make fascinating viewing.

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