After a frustrating season spent mainly on the bench at Liverpool, the club have confirmed today that midfielder Luis Alberto has completed his long rumoured loan move to Malaga. Alberto arrived at Anflield last summer for a fee of around £7M and high expectations, but the then 20-year-old only made 12 appearances in all competitions and his languid style appeared at times to be at odds with Brendan Rodgers' uptempo approach.
Malaga are believed to be paying around £1M to take Alberto on loan, though with Liverpool covering the bulk of his wages the loan is likely to be close to cost-neutral from Liverpool's point of view. As with Suso at Almeria last season and Fabio Borini at Sunderland, the hope will be that regular playing time will see Alberto's development back on track after a season on the bench that saw it stagnate.
With no purchase option included in his loan deal, it is believed Rodgers hopes that Alberto can still have a future at Anfield.