£6.8m Liverpool loanee greeted with fanfare in Spain despite poor 2013-14

Malaga clearly have high hopes for the loan spell of Liverpool forward Luis Alberto.

This time last year Liverpool had just signed talented Spaniard Luis Alberto for £6.8 million. The Sevilla forward had impressed on a loan spell with Barcelona B the previous season and Brendan Rodgers decided he was worth the gamble so stumped up the cash for this talented, but reasonably unknown playmaker.

But if you had to be honest, things did not go according to plan for Alberto.

He struggled to make his way into the Liverpool first team - playing just 135 minutes of Premier League football and 123 in the domestic cups. It is fair to say he would have hoped to feature more.

Off the pitch there was also controversy. Alberto was charged with drink-driving in April and banned from driving for a year - an incident that incensed Liverpool fans.

So with all that in mind Alberto was the perfect candidate for a loan spell, potentially back in his Spanish homeland. So that is what happened earlier this week, Alberto joining La Liga side Malaga until the end of the season.

The hope will be he gets regular football at his temporary destination, and that he also shows a level of maturity he evidently has not at Liverpool - returning to Anfield in 2015 a much more complete article.

And Malaga are clearly pleased with the signing. He has been greeted with much fanfare buy The Anchovies - despite his relatively mediocre 2013-14...

Malaga fans must remember that Alberto scored 11 goals and assisted an astonishing 17 assists for Barca B in 2012-13.

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