Liverpool have a similar philosophy to Barcelona, says Luis Alberto

Liverpool forward Luis Alberto believes Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has a similar philosophy to that of Barcelona

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Luis Alberto believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a similar footballing philosophy to that of his former club Barcelona.

The 20-year-old completed a £7m switch to the Reds from Sevilla last month as one of four new signings, with Iago Aspas, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure also moving to Anfield.

Alberto scored 11 goals and made 17 assists in 38 games for Barcelona B last season, and the
Spain Under-21 international says Rodgers – like the Catalan side – places an emphasis on working with the ball.

“At Sevilla it was quite different from last year with Barca,” Alberto told Liverpool’s website.

“That’s because they are two different clubs, and here the difference right now is the level of intensity, which is quite a bit higher.

“However, the philosophy of the manager here of working with the ball a lot is similar to that of Barcelona.”

However, Alberto warned that Liverpool must be patient as Rodgers tries to stamp his identity on the club after taking charge in May 2012, pointing to Johann Cruyff’s perseverance at Barcelona in the 1990s.

“It’s not that straightforward,” he added. “Barcelona have had the same style back from the days when Johann Cruyff was in charge. It requires a good number of years to develop that philosophy.

“The manager here is trying to implement a passing-type game with lots of movement involving players like Philippe, Sterling, and now Iago and me – there are lots of quality players here who show good movement.

“It took a while to establish this style of play because it does need time, but towards the end of the season it was working well and you could see it paying off with some decent results.”

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