Luis Alberto said he was 'really keen' on Malaga loan move

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The 21-year-old will be hoping to get some first team football after making little impact on Liverpool.

Liverpool's Luis Alberto has been speaking about how keen he was to join Malaga on loan after a difficult first season in English football.

Alberto failed to make any real impact at Anfield having only made two starts in cup competitions, with all nine of his Premier League appearances coming from the bench as he failed to fit into the side. Most of his playing time was either spent in an advanced midfield role or, at times, occupying one of the flanks.

Given the lack of game time he had at Anfield, and in order to help the player develop, a loan move to the La Liga club was seen as the best option - and was confirmed late on last week.

The 21-year-old is quoted by InsideSpanishFootball, saying: "I’ve got a good feeling about this, I was really keen to join Málaga CF. I hope to perform well this upcoming season, both individually and as a team. I’d like to thank Málaga and Mario Husillos for giving me this opportunity. I now need to focus on working hard, I hope to perform well this upcoming season, both individually and as a team.

“I’ve shared a dressing room with Sergio Sánchez and Juanmi, when playing for Spain. However I really look up to Duda and Jesús Gámez.”

Alberto always seemed at ease on the ball, more of a thinker than an all-action player but didn't seem to adapt to the pace of English football - though he showed some promise in the under-21 Premier League when he scored a hat-trick against Sunderland.

No doubt Liverpool will keep an eye on the young Spaniard's progress with Malaga, as they hope he can develop into a player that can end up having a future at Anfield. A season of regular first team football should help him considerably - as it is evident the opportunities on Merseyside would be limited given the Reds' busy transfer activity so far this summer.

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