After a somewhat successful spell with Málaga last season, Brendan Rodgers sought to get Luis Alberto more playing time on loan, and Spain beckoned once again.
Luis Alberto joined La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña on 5 July 2015, where he is to spend the entire season. Deportivo’s new manager Víctor Sánchez was appointed several months ago. He was the assistant manager at Sevilla under Míchel and Unai Emery when Alberto was still at Sevilla, explaining Deportivo’s interest in the Liverpool man.
He made his debut on August 30, 2015 in a 1-1 draw against Valencia, but unfortunately he had to come off early after 29 minutes with an ankle injury while the match was still scoreless.
Alberto’s ankle was sprained, but he only missed a week-and-a-half.
He came back on September 14 in a 3-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano. He started the match, bagged an assist in the seventh minute, and grabbed a goal for himself in the 28th minute. Here’s the assist and the goal via Twitter. Alberto was subbed off in the 64th minute.
In the next match, he started and claimed a goal in the 28th minute once again in a 3-2 defeat by Sporting Gijón. It was an impressive goal from the young Spaniard as he received the ball on the left side, cut in like Coutinho, and blasted it hard and low near post like Franck Ribéry. This goal might be a foreshadowing of what we may see if Alberto dons a Liverpool shirt ever again.
Alberto was an unused sub in the next match, but he started the next one in a 3-0 win over Espanyol, registering an assist in the 27th minute. Deportivo were on the break after a header was flicked on. Alberto played a through ball to Lucas Pérez who buried it with his first touch. Great vision from Alberto.
Unfortunately, Alberto would suffer a groin injury that kept him out for a whole month. He returned to action on December 2.
During his next five matches, Alberto could not really get anything going. Deportivo drew four matches and lost one over that span. Alberto was either subbed on or subbed off around the 60th minute every match; the most eventful moment was when Alberto was subbed on in the 57th minute at the Nou Camp against Barcelona with his side trailing 1-0. Barça made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, but Deportivo pulled one back in the 77th minute. Alberto was in the area but not involved in the goal. Deportivo managed to even the score up at 2-2 in the 86th minute. The final score was 2-2.
Alberto was awarded a start in the next match against Llagostera in the Copa del Rey for his efforts against Barcelona. He was all over the place in this match, recording four shots in 76 minutes where he was subbed off. He did record an assist in the 69th minute, however. Alberto won a corner after his long distance shot took a deflection out of bounds. He swung in a cross that was slightly redirected by Juan Domínguez’s head and past the goalkeeper. The match ended 1-1, but Deportivo advanced due to a 3-2 aggregate score in their favour.
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In the next match, Alberto started and played the full match in a 2-0 win over Eibar. Alberto managed no goals or assists, but he was an important factor to his side’s victory.
Deportivo currently sit in sixth, only five points behind the final Champions League spot which belongs to Celta Vigo who are fourth. A sixth-placed finish would put Deportivo into the Europa League third qualifying round next season. Last season they finished 16th.
Alberto has racked up two goals and three assists over 11 matches for Deportivo, earning 635 minutes (roughly seven full matches).
With Liverpool playing the way they are now, Klopp could use a tricky player like Luis Alberto, and the Spaniard might be in contention for a spot on the Liverpool team next season.