Luis Alberto joined Liverpool during the summer transfer window of 2013, with high hopes surrounding the midfielder’s arrival from Sevilla.
However, his first season at Liverpool failed to convince the club of his abilities, leading to a loan move to Malaga just a year later, where he fared better.
The Reds still didn’t see a future for Luis Alberto in their squad, and he continued to progress in Spanish football.
As a result, he embarked on a second season-long loan, this time to Deportivo La Coruna, where he enjoyed a successful spell, gaining valuable experience and making a positive impact.
Despite his loan success, it became clear that staying at Anfield wasn’t the best option for his career.
In August 2016, he made a permanent move to Lazio in Serie A. Unfortunately, his first season with the Italian club didn’t prove much better than his initial campaign at Liverpool, as he made only nine appearances.
Luis Alberto explains difficulties he faced after Liverpool exit
In a recent interview with Marca, Luis Alberto opened up about his career and the challenges he faced after leaving Liverpool for Lazio.
“I had a very bad time the first five months, especially because I arrived on the last day. I came from Liverpool, from being practically training during the preseason just because I knew I had to go out. I didn’t come in fit, so it cost me a little more. Afterwards, Italy was very different from what I was used to after coming from Deportivo de La Coruna. It cost me everything, mentally especially.
In the end I put myself in the hands of a person who has helped me above all to work on my head, because that was the only problem I had, and in a matter of months it started to go differently, especially in training. , and I finished the year playing the last games and starting in the Super Cup. And from there, everything was a bed of roses as they say.
Believing a little more in myself and that I had the football I had since I was little, in realising that I had it and still had it, it was just a matter of working at it and having confidence in yourself.”
Despite the initial difficulties, he has become a beloved figure among Lazio fans, earning the nickname “Il Mago” or “The Magician.”