This summer Barcelona are set to make some changes to the side after the disappointment of their Champions League exit against AS Roma. Much of the concern surrounds the advancing years of one of their star players. Barcelona are starting to consider how they go about replacing one of the greatest playmakers of the past ten years in Andres Iniesta.
One man who has been suggested is a name that Liverpool fans will be shocked to hear. Luis Alberto is apparently a target for Barcelona this summer. Gazzetta dello Sport reported this morning, as relayed by Football Italia, that the Lazio midfielder is a target for the Blaugrana this summer. The Italian side would demand a fee of €30 million (£25.9 million) for the player.
Alberto, of course, is a former Liverpool player. Back in 2013, after coincidentally impressing on loan at Barcelona B, Liverpool snapped up Alberto from his parent club Sevilla.
As reported by the Daily Mail he cost £6.8 million and Brendan Rodgers was hopeful he would have a bright future at the club. He even compared Alberto to Philippe Coutinho when signing him, as reported by The Mirror, and now the 25-year-old Spaniard could join the Brazilian at the Nou Camp.
However, Alberto never quite adapted to English football. After spells on loan at Malaga and then Deportivo he signed a permanent deal with Lazio in the summer of 2016.
After struggling to establish himself in his first season in Rome he has come into his own this season.Alberto is now a regular, playing 44 times this season, scoring 10 times and providing an impressive 16 assists.
So it is easy to see why Barcelona are keen, but it is a shame that Jurgen Klopp does not have Alberto at his disposal.
In a similar way to how Iago Aspas has thrived since leaving Liverpool, the die was cast for Alberto by the time Klopp replaced Rodgers in October 2015. Alberto was out on loan at Deportivo at the time and when sold for a loss the following summer nobody at Liverpool would have predicted such a turnaround.
The midfield maestro has however demonstrated he is more than capable at a higher level. Whilst Liverpool are fairly happy with what they have at the moment, the performances of Alberto this season certainly suggest that, with time, he could have been a star at Anfield.