Liverpool’s Jose Enrique: Luis Alberto will become important player

Jose Enrique is backing Spanish youngster Luis Alberto to become an "important" player for Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers signed Luis Alberto this summer Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Enrique has tipped Luis Alberto to become an “important” member of Liverpool’s squad.

The Spaniard has been limited to a couple of substitute appearances in the Premier League since arriving in a £6.8m deal from Sevilla during the summer transfer window.

Alberto scored a hat-trick for Liverpool’s Under-21 side in a 5-2 victory over Sunderland last week before making a late cameo for the senior side in a 1-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday.

“I didn’t know Luis Alberto before he came here, but I know he made a lot of goals and assists for Barcelona B [last season],” Enrique told Liverpool’s website.

“I told him in the first half he wasn’t at his best because it is the first time he’s played in a long time, but in the second half he was great and scored three goals.

“He is the type of player who has a really good last pass to find the strikers. He can score goals as well, so he is going to be important for us. He is a young player and will learn a lot here.”

Enrique also revealed he has tried to make Alberto and Iago Aspas feel settled in Liverpool following their pair’s respective moves to the Reds in July.

“Luis is living next door to me now and, like Iago, I have tried to help him as much as I can because they are people from my country,” Enrique added.

“It’s important with the language to try and help people settle down because it’s important for the team.”

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