News has come out today that Liverpool are in discussions with Suso and his representatives over a new deal, which in my view is an absolute no brainer. Suso is still very young and has a lot of development to go and to allow him to leave now would be criminal really. Suso may well be down the pecking order at the moment but his performances last season for Almeria and of course against Boro’ show just why he has to stick around.
He has a fantastic touch on the ball and also has a wicked shot with his stronger left foot. Suso definitely has all of the technical attributes to succeed at Liverpool, and it is at points like this where he can start to turn Brendans head. He knows just what he is capable of doing, and with Adam Lallana still settling in and Phillipe Coutinho in poor form there is an opening in the creative midfielder role.
If he wants to break into the Liverpool team now is the time because sooner or later our players will hit form and he will be left behind once again. Especially with the injuries to Allen and Emre Can as well, I think Suso has sensed his opportunity. Suso got himself seven assists for Almeria last season, this is a team that struggled in La Liga. With Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and of course Mario Balotelli around him, he has the environment to thrive.
But, just like Fabio Borini will he be able to show us all his capabilities? The pressure of playing for a club like Liverpool is huge, and is something players have not been able to cope with in the past. It is nothing to do with their technical abilities, just something mentally that hinders their progress. Borini is the same, we saw him at Sunderland last year producing some great displays, but playing for Liverpool is different. The fan base is expectant, and one poor display could mean that is it for you.
That is part and parcel of playing for this massive club and if Suso, can cope with that sort of pressure then I do expect him to have a big future at the club. If not, then it is a great shame because he has undoubted talents.
His performance the other night showed that, despite being left footed he rifled his goal in with his right foot. A small thing to most people, but having the confidence to use your weaker foot is something many footballers do not do. Daniel Sturridge always tries to get it onto his left and we regard him as our best player most of the time. So for me if he continues with that kind of confidence then he will succeed. Only time will tell.
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