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ANOTHER Liverpool flop is taking Serie A by storm this season

Luis Alberto made just nine Premier League appearances at Anfield but is flourishing at Lazio

What is it about Italy that acts as a haven for Liverpool rejects?

In the past we’ve seen the likes of Suso, Gabriel Paletta and Fabio Borini find Serie A, particularly AC Milan, far more profitable than their times on Merseyside.


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And you can add another to that list.

Luis Alberto was rarely seen in a Liverpool shirt

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Luis Alberto was rarely seen in a Liverpool shirt

Luis Alberto, perhaps unfairly, managed just nine Premier League appearances in his one season at Anfield.

His one notable involvement saw him assist Luis Suarez in a 5-0 demolition of Tottenham, but aside from that he came and went with little impact.

But a permanent move to Lazio in 2016 has really revitalised his career.

Luis Alberto celebrates scoring a brilliant free kick against Sassuolo

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Luis Alberto celebrates scoring a brilliant free kick against Sassuolo

The Sevilla graduate has become one of the Italian capital club’s most important players and arguably one of the best in Serie A so far this season.


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Alberto has three goals and two assists in seven league appearances so far, helping Lazio up to fourth in the table with just a single defeat.

The Spaniard also has a WhoScored rating of 8.03 in Serie A – only five players can boast a better so far.

Luis Alberto has been one of Lazio’s best players

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Luis Alberto has been one of Lazio’s best players

Not bad.

So is Italy really the best rehab clinic for Liverpool rejects? And should the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Lazar Markovic be taking note?