In recent years, Liverpool have made very few sales that they have lived to regret.
Since Jurgen Klopp arrived, arguably only Luis Alberto, sold for £4.3m and now worth £49.5m according to Transfermarkt, has gone on to another level since departing Anfield, starring for Lazio in Serie A.
Spaniard Suso was sold before the German arrived on Merseyside – Brendan Rodgers was the boss at the time – and his departure is an interesting one.
He moved on permanently in the summer of 2015, and his career trajectory is one worth observing.
Here, Football Fancast take a look at how Suso’s career has developed…
Suso made the move to the Reds from Cadiz in 2015 for a paltry fee of £54k as per Transfermarkt. There were flashes of his talent in the Reserve league, where he scored eight goals and provided nine assists in 34 matches across two seasons, but that failed to translate to a regular place in the senior squads.
Across five years with Liverpool, he made just 21 appearances, scoring one goal and providing one assist along the way. His best spell whilst at Anfield actually came out on loan at Almeria, where he scored three goals and made nine assists in 33 La Liga matches. That was in the 2013/14 season – he made just one appearance in the first half of the next campaign before joining AC Milan for just £1m.
At the time, it was a decision that had some Liverpool fans torn.
It was at Milan where he truly began to flourish. Not initially, though, as he played just eight times in the first 18 months and embarked on a loan move to Genoa.
He thrived at the Serie A outfit, scoring six goals in 19 matches before he finally got his chance at the San Siro. He would go on to score 28 goals and provide 31 assists across the next three campaigns, earning five caps for his country along the way.
He also attracted interest from the Premier League – ironically, from the Reds themselves. In 2018, they were said to be willing to part with €50m (£45m) for the 27-year-old, and that, once again, divided the fans – some wanted him back, but others were not so sure.
This term, his form took a bit of a dip, which saw him loaned out to Sevilla in January. Still, he had time to score one and provide two assists in 16 league matches.
With the La Liga outfit, Suso has had an average start – he has one goal and one assist in eight matches in all competitions. He will be there for 18 months, so he has plenty of time to prove his worth to the southern Spanish side.
At his height, he had a Transfermarkt value of £45m in December 2018, but that number now stands at £19.8m.
Still, that is an awful lot higher than the £1m Liverpool let him leave for.