Luis Alberto (footballer, born 1992)
Luis Alberto playing for Barcelona B in 2012
|Full name||Luis Alberto Romero Alconchel|
|Date of birth||28 September 1992|
|Place of birth||San José del Valle, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|Málaga (on loan from Liverpool)|
|2012–2013||→ Barcelona B (loan)||38||(11)|
|2014–||→ Málaga (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
A product of Sevilla FC, Luis Alberto was born in San José del Valle, Cádiz, and he spent his first two seasons as a senior with the B-team in Segunda División B, scoring 15 goals in his second. On 16 April 2011 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut for the Andalusians, replacing another club youth graduate, Rodri, in the second half of a 0–1 away loss against Getafe CF.
In August 2012 Luis Alberto was loaned to FC Barcelona B in a one-year deal, with the Catalans having the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. He made his official debut on 2 September, playing two minutes in a 2–0 home win over CE Sabadell FC, and finished the campaign as second top scorer in the squad, only behind Gerard Deulofeu.
On 20 June 2013, Sevilla received a £6.8 million offer from Premier League club Liverpool for Luis Alberto, which was accepted. The signing was successfully completed two days later, subject to international clearance, and he made his debut for his new club on 13 July, in a 4–0 pre-season friendly win over Preston North End.
On 1 September Luis Alberto made his league debut, playing the last seven minutes in a 1–0 home win against Manchester United in place of Philippe Coutinho. On 15 December, shortly after having scored an hat-trick in an under-21 match with the Reds, he provided an assist for Luis Suárez in the 5–0 away demolition of Tottenham Hotspur.
Loan to Malaga
On 31 March 2014, Luis Alberto was pulled over in Croxteth, Liverpool, for apparently talking on his mobile phone while driving erratically. He was administered an alcohol breath test and the result was 61 mg, nearly twice the legal limit of 35 mg. He pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for 12 months, reduced to 9 months if he could pass a drink drive course within the first 6 months. He was also fined £1,500 and told to pay a £150 victim surcharge.
- As of 13 September 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2012–13||Barcelona B||Segunda División||38||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||38||11|
- "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "La maduración de Luis Alberto" [The coming of age of Luis Alberto] (in Spanish). Diario de Sevilla. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Obra de arte de Luis Alberto ante el San Roque" [Luis Alberto masterpiece against San Roque]. Marca (in Spanish). 28 February 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Setback for Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 16 April 2011
- Luis Alberto y Sergi Juste, nuevos jugadores del Barça B (Luis Alberto and Sergi Juste, new Barça B players); Diario AS, 6 August 2012 (Spanish)
- Femenía y Rafinha estrenan el casillero de La Masia (Femenía and Rafinha get first points for La Masia); Marca, 2 September 2012 (Spanish)
- Sevilla forward Luis Alberto to have medical at Liverpool after agreeing £6.8m move; Mail Online, 20 June 2013
- "Reds complete Luis Alberto deal". Liverpool FC. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Reds hit Preston for four – report". Liverpool FC. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Liverpool 1–0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Tottenham 0–5 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- "Luis Alberto seals Malaga loan switch". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Rabbani, Ameen (23 August 2014). "Malaga 1-0 Athletic Club: Malaga off to a winning start in controversial encounter". Inside Spanish Football. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "Reds star Luis Alberto given 12-month ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving". Liverpool Echo. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- "Luis Alberto". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 February 2014.