Liverpool outcast set to return to club after failed loan spell in Spain

Liverpool outcast Luis Alberto is set to return to Anfield after his two-year loan spell at La Liga outfit Malaga was cut short, report the Liverpool Echo.

While his return gives the Reds another option in midfield, the 22-year-old – signed from Sevilla for £6.8 million in 2013 – is unlikely to feature in Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the new season.

Luis Alberto’s loan spell at Malaga was brought to an end halfway through, with the player having played 15 league games for the Spanish side, scoring twice.

Reds boss Rodgers is not expected to take a leap of faith and give the Spaniard a shot at holding down a first-team berth. After a few pre-season appearances when he first signed for the club – including a goal in Norway against Valerenga – the attacking midfielder spent the vast majority of his time on the Reds subsitute bench.

He started just two matches – a Capital One Cup tie against Notts County and an FA Cup match against Oldham, but was taken off early in both games.