Signing and selling players is always a gamble. Some you win, and some decisions come back and haunt the manager.
The move was not a successful one, and Rodgers' proclamation that he had signed a future star went onto look silly... until now.
Rodgers compared Alberto to Coutinho, quoted by The Metro in 2013: "He’s another Coutinho-type. We brought in young Philippe Coutinho in January when he was 20 years of age, but he had good experience and, more importantly, fitted the profile of what we’re trying to do here and what we’re trying to build. Young Luis is exactly the same – a talented, very highly-rated young player."
Luis Alberto flopped at Liverpool, turning out to be the anti-Coutinho, making only nine Premier League appearances.
Now away from Anfield, he has hit the big time.
The 25-year-old has three goals and seven assists this season already and his cap is well deserved.
He said: "I saw that everything was slipping away. I then challenged myself to make a change and now I'm in the national team."
He has a chance to earn his first caps in upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.
Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for spotting Luis Alberto's talent and taking a gamble four years ago, if not the execution in terms of developing him once he had him under his wing.
But you win some and you lose some, and Coutinho's success shows Liverpool shouldn't be too greedy, and fans should be happy for Luis Alberto that he has a chance to finally fulfil his potential even if it is not at Anfield.