Liverpool have got off to a bright start this transfer season, making offers or putting in inquiries left, right, and centre for their top targets. There's lots of excitement about players coming in, but aside from Pepe Reina refusing to decide his future until after the World Cup, there hasn't been much in the way of news regarding outbound transfers.
Having failed to make Brendan Rodgers' squad of youthful misfits and reserves who were set loose on Shamrock Rovers during a friendly last month, major doubts were cast over Luis Alberto's future at Liverpool. The Spaniard featured only nine times in the league, and was nearly shut out of even a measly bench appearance for the latter third of the season, suggesting he was not in Rodgers' plans going forward.
News out of Seville today reports that Liverpool and Malaga are very close to coming to a loan agreement for Alberto's services, with the stipulation that the player be guaranteed lots of first-team playing time. The move feels very much like Alberto's last opportunity to make an impact on Rodgers, and it's one that shows there's still a glimmer of hope for his future on Liverpool.
For whatever reason, Alberto never seemed to have really settled on Merseyside. The player's Twitter account was often the only proof of life throughout the season, and his frequent trips back to Spain suggested a homesickness that even Liverpool's valiant crew of Spanish speakers could not overcome. Malaga isn't Seville, but it's a mere two hour drive away, and one hopes that with a few local comforts sorely lacking in England, Alberto can return to the form that caught Brendan Rodgers' eye in the first place.