Klopp to assess playmaker that shone in La Liga as he draws up Liverpool 2016/17 plans

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to assess Luis Alberto during his pre-season routine after the playmaker shone while on loan at Deportivo La Coruna last season, according to reports from the Express.

The 23-year-old signed for the Reds in the summer of 2013, but despite the club’s willingness to pay £6m to lure him away from Sevilla, the attacking midfielder was barely given a sniff of first-team football on Merseyside – he’s made only nine appearances for the club.

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He was shipped out on loan to Malaga in 2014/15 and spent the season just gone back in his homeland with Deportivo La Coruna, for whom he performed well.

Alberto registered six goals and seven assists in 29 league outings, and was lauded for his on-field relationship with Riazor star, Lucas Perez.

And his agent, Alvaro Torres, has claimed that his client has been informed that he is to attend the club’s pre-season plans, during which time Klopp will be assessing the players at his disposal:

“He belongs to Liverpool and has to return. We have already been informed that he will attend the pre-season with Liverpool,” he said.

“During the transfer market in May, we know little. The first thing is to talk with Liverpool and see what opinion they have on Alberto.”