Everton are being linked with a summer move for Lazio playmaker Luis Alberto.
That is according to a report from Corriere della Sera in Italy. The report suggests that Carlo Ancelotti would like to bring the Serie A assist leader to Goodison Park. Juventus are also monitoring his situation.
Any deal would mean a return to Merseyside for the Spaniard. Alberto joined Liverpool in 2013 for a reported (BBC Sport) £6.8 million.
But his time at Anfield was not successful. Loan spells at Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna followed before joining Lazio in 2016.
But he was certainly very happy to have joined the Reds. As quoted by the Metro, Alberto claimed he felt like he was ‘dreaming’ when a move to Liverpool became a possibility.
“I feel like I’m in a bubble at the moment. For me Liverpool is a top team. I feel like I am dreaming and I want to enjoy it to the full.
“I feel very excited, I’ve never felt so excited before but I’m very happy. I think I am the happiest man on earth.”
He never lost that passion to play for Liverpool either. Talking to the IBTimes in 2016, he stated that he owed Liverpool ‘a debt’ and that he was looking forward to working with Jurgen Klopp.
“Liverpool paid £7 million for me when I was nobody. That was a big effort. It was a gamble and I have to thank them not only with words but with my football.
“I feel a little bit in debt with them for giving me the opportunity to play in a historic club. The chance to play for a club like Liverpool is not presented to you very often.”
Now, four years later, it appears he could be lined up by Liverpool’s local rivals as Everton move into position.
Rather than repaying a debt, it would give him a chance to prove a point to Klopp and the club that he was pushed out of Anfield too early.