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Saturday 22 June 2013

Liverpool land Sevilla forward Luis Alberto

Sevilla forward becomes Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the summer, agreeing long-term deal

Luis Alberto (right) signs for Liverpool alongside the club's managing director Ian Ayre

Liverpool have completed the signing of Spanish forward Luis Alberto from Sevilla, subject to international clearance.

"He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player"
Brendan Rodgers

The 20-year-old, who can play anywhere across the front line, has agreed a long-term contract after passing a medical at Melwood.

Alberto spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Barcelona B, where he scored 11 goals and provided 17 assists in 38 appearances.

"We are all delighted that Luis has decided to join Liverpool,” manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's website. "He has the correct footballing profile and mentality to be a Liverpool player. I look forward to working with him to develop his talent and he joins a group of young exciting players at our club."

The Spaniard, who made seven first-team appearances for Sevilla, has represented his country at three different age levels, having turned out for the Under-18s, U19s and the U21s for whom he made his debut against Belgium in February.

"I came to the club because of the manager," said Alberto, who becomes Liverpool's second signing of the summer following the arrival on a free transfer of defender Kolo Toure from Manchester City. "I came here because of the style of football he plays. I don't have a favourite position – it depends on the team's tactics really.

"I like to move about and I don't mind where I play. I like to play with freedom. I'm a technical player. I provide assists and in the penalty area I score goals."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool sign Spanish forward Luis Alberto for an undisclosed fee
  • The 20-year-old joins from Sevilla on a long-term deal
  • Spain Under-21 international can play anywhere across the front line