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.

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4 thoughts on “Suso’s Future: Anfield or Abroad?

  • April 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Liverpool need a bigger squad with more quality in depth next season in order to compete for the Premier League and Champions League, not forgetting two domestic cups. We can’t just go out and buy four ready made world class players, even with the extra revenue guaranteed by Champions League football. Developing young talent is very much in keeping with FSG and BR’s philosophy.

    It would be foolish to let such a talented player as Suso go so early in his development. He reminds me of a much younger and more inexperienced version of Iniesta. I think he could become a massive player in years to come.

    With the extra fixtures next season, and BR’s judicious use of substitutes, I’m sure Suso will get his chance.

    • April 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Exactly. Suso fits perfectly into the system we’ve been playing and will get plenty of games.


  • April 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Agreed. Need to keep him for the future

  • April 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    We’ll need to clear the decks but not of players of that quality. Only Jones, Reina, Toure, Cotes, Cissokho, Assaidi, Adorjan, Aspas & Moses need to go. We’ll have four competitions to compete in next year & we won’t be splashing £100m+ to fill the squad with world/top class players. Player development is BR’s & FSG’s mantra so considering how well Suso’s progressed, why would BR’s loan him out or, worse still, sell him!! He’s one of many young, technically gifted players who needs to be brought back or promoted to the first team squad this summer so that we can deal with the demands of competing in four competitions. Ibe, Suso, Alberto, Teixeira, Rossiter, Dunn, Coady, Brannagan, Robinson, McLaughin, Ilori & Wisdom all need more/time in the first team squad now to assess their progress & give them the chance to show their ready. Add 2/3 top class signings & (imo) several new young talents & i think we’d have an even better first team, squad, reserve & youth team to go into the season with. I’d like Moreno, Rakitic, Iturbe/Konoplyanka to fill the gaps in the first team. Christian Tello, Seung Woo Lee, Ryan Gauld, Will Hughes, Dele Alli & Jamaal Lecelles for the squad & youth teams lol if it’s not too much to ask! As you can tell i’m keen to see our emphasis on youth development continue… it’s the way forward for our club not the oil budget spending of some of our competitors.


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