£6.8m Liverpool loanee - 'I don’t know what the future holds'

Luis Alberto has been talking about his future, insisting he does not know whether he will stay at Malaga or return to Liverpool next summer.

Last summer Liverpool 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.

With that in mind the club shipped Alberto out on loan to La Liga this season, as he joined Malaga for the duration of the campaign.

Things have certainly started well for the player. He scored the opening goal of the La Liga season in August and has established himself as a regular in the side.

Tonight his team take on Barcelona so, considering his links to the Catalan club, he was interviewed about the tie in Spain.

But he was also asked about his future with his parent club and Malaga, in quotes translated by Inside Spanish Football:

“The team will be better this season, in my opinion. I think we’re a difficult team to beat and we’re aiming to finish as high as possible. I’m here to give it my all because I don’t know what the future holds for me, or if I’ll stay beyond this season.

"I was really looking forward to getting my first goal – it always acts as a nice platform for you to build upon, especially when you come to a new club. It gives me peace of mind to get up and running, I’m enjoying my football at the moment.”

Of course, with the Liverpool and Barcelona connection the questioning would not have been complete without a little mention of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan left Anfield for the Nou Camp this summer, and Alberto believes he and Lionel Messi will form a lethal strike-force:

"Luis (Suárez) has lots of character, he’s a fighter on the field and that’s something Luis Enrique really likes. With Leo and Luis (Suárez) together, I don’t doubt that Barça will be one of the best teams this season.”

The future then looks intriguing for Luis Alberto and Liverpool. But for now he must focus on a rather big task that is approaching very fast, trying to overcome the might of Barcelona this evening.

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