When Luis Alberto signed on for the loan move to Barcelona B, the idea was to get regular football with the conclusion of returning to Sevilla, his parent club, a better player. While he got the regular football, and he’s certainly a better player, the problem for his parent club is that he’s done so well that he now won’t be returning to Sevilla.

It’s been a whirlwind season for the 20-year-old, and his current situation finds himself far removed from the one he was in in Andalucia. He was frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities, coming off the back of several contract disputes and stuck with a general lack of progression as a player.

This was a surprise given at one point he was the star of Sevilla’s cantera, seen as one of the most exciting prospects since Jesus Navas. Luis Alberto too, emerged as a winger, albeit from the left side.

As time went on there he showed his fine creative abilities, and although he isn’t the quickest of players he made up for it with his technical ability, movement and physical strength. With the player lacking motivation with Sevilla’s ‘B’ team however, and those opportunities with the first team difficult to come by, it became apparent a new environment would be better. Barcelona it would be, and there he’s blossomed as many in those early days at Sevilla hoped he would.

Liverpool first started watching the player in October, with their senior scouting team tracking him closely at Miniestadi where Barcelona B plays their home games and even catching a few of their away trips. The Anfield club were of course waiting on Barça’s actions in regards to their option on the deal before securing the transfer of Alberto.

The youngster went on to fire in 11 goals and weigh in with 15 assists, offering up both sides of his game. The versatility was apparent too, working in attacking midfield, wide, second striker and False 9 roles for the team. The position of False 9 was one he was particularly impressive in, and the player admitted recently he too was very fond of the role.