Suso ready to fight for Liverpool first team place

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Liverpool youngster Suso wants to try and fight for his place at Anfield and establish himself as a first-team player at the club.

The 20-year-old playmaker joined the Reds in 2010 and made a big name for himself in the academy. However, he has not been able to force himself in the first team, making just 14 appearances since 2012. 

Nonetheless, he spent last season on loan at Almeria, where he impressed and scored three goals with seven assists in 33 appearances.

Ready to fight

He has now returned to Liverpool and is hoping he can become a regular on Brendan Rogers' team-sheet ahead of a season where the club will look to challenge on multiple fronts.

He told the official website: "I really want to be here and play for Liverpool and I'm trying to do my best every day in training and show the manager what I'm capable of.

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"I learned a lot during my loan spell and I was playing regular football. I'm not really a young player anymore so I've got more responsibilities now and I will work as hard as I can to try and get a chance."

First goal

Suso appeared in the Reds' 2-1 friendly victory over Preston North End at the weekend and bagged himself his first senior goal for the club.

On his strike, he added: "It was a very nice moment for me. I've been waiting a very long time to score a goal and I'm happy. The team put in a good performance and we have to be happy.

"I've been waiting so long now to score a goal for Liverpool. Last season while I was on loan in Spain I was watching Liverpool play on the TV and wanting to score a goal for them and now I've got one."

Opinion: Suso will struggle

Although Suso had a good season at Almeria, he will find it difficult to break into the Liverpool side. The club possesses attacking players such as Phillipe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, who play a similar role to the Spaniard, and new signings Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana will not make it easy for him to break into the starting XI.

Further, youngster Jordan Ibe has been very impressive during pre-season, creating all three goals that Liverpool have scored. Surely he would be above Suso in the pecking order at this moment in time.

Along with the troubles already, rumours of Brendan Rogers drafting in players such as Isco from Real Madrid and Marco Reus from Borrusia Dortmund could all but eliminate the youngsters chances of anything more the Capital One Cup football.

Premier League loan?

I think that it would be a good idea for Suso to go on loan to another Premier League outfit. Although he had a successful campaign at Almeria, you have to wonder how much Brendan Rogers kept an eye on him.

However, if he goes to a club such as Crystal Palace or Stoke City, Rogers will be seeing his appearances on a regular basis. Also, he would become accustomed to playing in the English game and would improve significantly from his ability he already retains.

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