Liverpool fans will be forgiven if they’ve forgotten who Luis Alberto is.
The midfielder signed for the Reds almost three years ago from Sevilla but only made 12 appearances in all competitions during his debut season.
He was loaned out to Malaga last year while he remained in Spain during this campaign representing Deportivo La Coruna.
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However, after two seasons in La Liga, it seems that Alberto is set to return to Anfield.
That’s because the Liverpool Echo are reporting that Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the 23-year-old’s performances this term.
The attacking midfielder played 29 times in the league, scoring six goals and creating a further seven. However, even though Klopp wants to integrate him into the first-team, he faces tough competition to keep him on Merseyside.
Spanish trio Deportivo, Villarreal and Sevilla are reportedly interested and it’s claimed that a bid of £4.6 million would be enough to secure his services.
However, if possible, Klopp is keen to keep him at the club and to give him a chance to fight for a place in the senior squad.
Alberto's agent's quotes
Alberto’s agent, Alvaro Torres, revealed that his client will definitely be returning to the Melwood training ground during pre-season where his future will be decided.
“He belongs to Liverpool and has to return. We have already been informed that he will attend the pre-season with Liverpool,” he told Marca, per the Liverpool Echo.
“During the transfer market in May, we know little. The first thing is to talk with Liverpool and see what opinion they have on Alberto.”
Alberto wants to return
Earlier this month, Alberto spoke of his desire to return to Anfield - mainly due to the arrival of Klopp.
"It is obvious that having Klopp as a manager is an extra motivation to return to Liverpool," he said.
"When I was there I could see that he has changed everything, the atmosphere and the club. You can feel it. Everything I heard about him was good. He is transforming Liverpool. Of course I am very excited to work under him, trying to improve and stay in the squad to becoming into an important player for Liverpool."
If Alberto does remain at the club, he will find it tough to play regular first-team football. Klopp is expected to invest heavily during the summer transfer window as he attempts to turn this Liverpool squad into his own.
He has already confirmed the signings of Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius while they have been linked with many other players in the past few days, including Mario Gotze, Ante Coric and Raphael Guerrero.