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Suso and Alberto can give Liverpool unique advantage for Barcelona wonderkid

Spanish whizkid Suso can help Liverpool attract Gerard Deulofeu next season, along with new signing Luis Alberto

Liverpool are one of the clubs linked with the loan signature of Barcelona's biggest rising star, Gerard Deulofeu, with Tottenham the other English club hotly tipped.

Deulofeu, who turned 19 in March had been recommended to break into the first team at the Nou Camp in 2013/14.

The arrival of Neymar has seen him slip further down the pecking order, and this does not appear to be changing until one of if not both Alexis Sanchez or David Villa move on.

So the Spaniards are currently recommending the youngster, who has a €30 million release clause blocking any permanent transfer, go on loan for the next season and there are no shortage of suitors around Europe.

If Liverpool are serious about bringing the youngster on board, then they have two key chess pieces to play who could just see them victorious over other battling clubs.

The first is their own Spanish starlet, Fernandez Suso, who has played alongside Deulofeu for years in the Spanish set-up.

The pair led Spain the European under-19 Championships last summer, with Deulofeu winning the Golden Ball for best player, an honour once won by Fernando Torres.

Right now the duo are key starters in Spain's under-20 team competing for the World Cup in the age group at the tournament in Turkey. Spain qualified for the group stages with a game to spare, with Deulofeu bagging a brace in the opening 4-1 win over the USA.

The second reason Deulofeu may be sorely tempted to choose Liverpool, is one of their recent acquisitions from Sevilla, Luis Alberto.

Alberto played alongside him for Barcelona B last season, on a loan spell of his own - and Deulofeu could see first hand how beneficial a loan spell could be.

Alberto provided 18 assists for the side, the same amount of goals Deulofeu netted for Barcelona B in 33 games, and it is clear to see the pair could strike up a lethal partnership for Liverpool.

With knowledge of how Alberto and Suso play, Deulofeu could settle instantly, and Liverpool would be only too glad to benefit. With the two players he knows well around him, there too is also the chance the youngster may even wish to extend his stay.

It's early days still, with Deulofeu's future unlikely to be sorted out until the under-20 World Cup is over in early July, but there is every reason to believe Liverpol can pull it off.

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