Former Liverpool cult hero Suso, once a promising youth midfielder for the Reds who was sold to AC Milan in early 2015, has been in great form so far this season.
He’s notched five goals and six assists across 17 appearances this campaign in Italy. Still just 23, he seems to be finally translating his natural talent into quality in-game performances.
Though AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella said the midfielder needs to make additional improvements to his game and called him “a little shy” in the final third, he said Suso “has enormous potential.”
That kind of praise is something familiar to Liverpool fans that watched him grow in his time with the Reds and had hoped for him to stay at the club long term. For those supporters, Suso took a moment this week to explain his decision to leave.
“At Liverpool there was no going forward and I needed an opportunity,” Suso told Gazzetta dello Sport (via The Echo). “That’s why I chose Milan, who for me are a top European club. It was hard at first, but then I was given an opportunity thanks to [manager Vincenzo] Montella.”
Suso is completely correct in his assessment of the situation, of course. The attacking midfield is perhaps Liverpool’s most clogged area in terms of talent with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana all above average options at the position.
The Spanish playmaker made the right decision to get out while his career still had legs, and it’s pleasing to see that choice pay off for him in Italy.