Suso is one of Spain’s brightest young talents. He’s wonderfully intelligent, is versatile, being able to play in the center of midfield or anywhere in a front three, he hits a mean dead ball, possesses great vision and pinpoint passing and at 20 years old, has an entire career ahead of him to hone his craft and become a great. Unfortunately that might not be at Anfield. If any player has something to lose from Liverpool’s extreme and unexpected success it’s the Spaniard.
Suso was loaned to La Liga side Almeria at the beginning of the season to gain experience. He is seeking to build on the solid foundations he put in place last season when Brendan Rodgers gave him his first tastes of first-team football. Last season was not the Cinderella story that we have come to expect from Spain’s best youngsters, a la Gerard Deulofeu and Jese Rodriguez this season, fitness was often an issue for Suso and a lack of chances in his favored position in the middle of the park from Rodgers combined for a mediocre rookie campaign.
He put that behind him and has taken his loan opportunity as a fresh start to continue his development. He has started almost 30 matches for Almeria and leads the team in assists with seven on the season, he has also contributed with two goals of his own being one of the bright lights of what has been a dire season for Almeria.
With Liverpool’s success this season, there might not be room for the talented Spaniard next year. With Sterling’s development and Steven Gerrard’s return to his best, there are less attacking roles available for Suso to fill. Add this to the fact that with Champions League football coming back to Anfield, the great club will be able to once again attract some of Europe’s best, Suso is likely to remain on loan or be sold over the summer. Suso’s intention and ambition is to return to Liverpool this summer but that might not be realistic.
He told talkSPORT: “I wanted to play every game this year and get a lot of minutes. Playing in the First Division in Spain is a good experience for me. Next season I’ll be a new player. I’m enjoying it a lot.
“At the beginning of the season, before pre-season, I was talking with Brendan and we were thinking that the best option for me was to go to a team on loan for a year, improve and learn from other players.
“It’s a dream to play at Anfield every weekend – it’s the best option that can happen. I would like to sign a new contract with Liverpool and stay there for many years.
“Brendan is a really good manager; he always treats the players really well. He tries to get the players on the ball all the time. To play football, you have to have control of the ball – Brendan wants that all the time.”
His style of football still fits perfectly with what Brendan Rodgers wants to have at the club and it might be that he returns to Anfield one day. But it would be best for all parties involved if he stayed on loan next season. Rodgers might consider loaning him to one of his Premier League rivals with Everton being a very possible destination for the youngster to supercharge his development under Spanish manager Roberto Martinez.