Luis Alberto (footballer, born 1992)

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Luis Alberto
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Luis Alberto playing for Lazio in 2018
Personal information
Full name Luis Alberto Romero Alconchel[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth San José del Valle, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 10
Youth career
Xerez
2004–2009 Sevilla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Sevilla C 20 (7)
2009–2012 Sevilla B 77 (25)
2011–2013 Sevilla 7 (0)
2012–2013Barcelona B (loan) 38 (11)
2013–2016 Liverpool 9 (0)
2014–2015Málaga (loan) 15 (2)
2015–2016Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 29 (6)
2016– Lazio 130 (30)
National team
2010–2011 Spain U18 2 (0)
2011–2012 Spain U19 3 (1)
2013 Spain U21 1 (0)
2017– Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:44, 21 March 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2017

Luis Alberto Romero Alconchel (Spanish pronunciation: [lwis alˈβeɾto roˈmeɾo];[α] born 28 September 1992), known as Luis Alberto, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Italian club S.S. Lazio.

Formed at Sevilla, he signed with Liverpool in 2013 from Barcelona B, being loaned to Málaga and Deportivo during his contract. In August 2016 he joined Lazio for €4 million, going on to spend several seasons in the Serie A with the club.

Luis Alberto made his senior debut for Spain in 2017.

Club career[edit]

Sevilla[edit]

A product of Sevilla FC, Luis Alberto was born in San José del Valle, Province of Cádiz,[3] and he spent his first two seasons as a senior with the reserves in Segunda División B, scoring 15 goals in his second.[4][5] 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.[6]

Barcelona B[edit]

Luis Alberto playing for Barcelona B in 2012

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.[7] He made his official debut on 2 September by playing two minutes in a 2–0 home win over CE Sabadell FC,[8] and finished the campaign as second top scorer in the squad, only behind Gerard Deulofeu.[9]

Liverpool[edit]

On 20 June 2013, Sevilla received a £6.8 million offer from Liverpool for Luis Alberto, which was accepted. The signing was completed two days later subject to international clearance,[10][11] and he made his debut for the English club on 13 July in a 4–0 pre-season friendly win against Preston North End.[12]

Luis Alberto made his Premier League debut on 1 September 2013, playing the last seven minutes in a 1–0 home victory over Manchester United in place of Philippe Coutinho.[13] On 15 December, shortly after having scored a 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.[14]

On 26 June 2014, Luis Alberto was loaned to Málaga CF in a season-long move.[15] In the league opener, on 23 August, he scored the only goal in a home defeat of Athletic Bilbao.[16]

On 5 July 2015, Luis Alberto agreed a loan move to Deportivo de La Coruña subject to a medical the following day. There, he linked up with manager Víctor Sánchez, who was previously in Sevilla's coaching staff.[17]

Lazio[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Luis Alberto signed for Italian club S.S. Lazio for a fee of €4 million.[18][19] He played only nine Serie A matches in his first season,[20] but became an undisputed starter for the Simone Inzaghi-led side from there onwards.

Luis Alberto scored 12 goals across all competitions in the 2017–18 campaign, and added 18 assists.[21] In October 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19.[22]

International career[edit]

Luis Alberto earned his only cap for the Spain under-21 team on 5 February 2013, coming on for Valencia CF's Paco Alcácer midway through the second half of a 1–1 friendly draw in Belgium.[23] He first appeared with the full side on 11 November 2017, playing the last 16 minutes in a 5–0 friendly win against Costa Rica.[24]

Style of play[edit]

A talented and versatile playmaker, Luis Alberto usually plays either in a central role as an attacking midfielder or as a left winger, a position which allows him to cut inside and shoot on goal with his stronger right foot.[25][26] He is also capable of playing in several other attacking positions including second striker,[26][27] or even in a deeper role as an offensive minded central midfielder, known as the mezzala in Italian football jargon.[28] Although he lacks physicality, he is known for his awareness, technical qualities, ball control and dribbling skills,[25][26] as well as his passing, crossing and vision, which allow him to create chances and provide assists for teammates.[25][27][28][29]

Moreover, he is an accurate set piece taker who possesses an eye for goal, and has a penchant for shooting from distance.[28] Beyond his offensive qualities, he is also known for his defensive work-rate.[30]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 January 2021, Luis Alberto underwent a successful emergency surgery in Rome to treat appendicitis.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 March 2021.[32]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sevilla 2010–11 La Liga 2 0 1 0 3 0
2011–12 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 7 0 2 0 9 0
Barcelona B (loan) 2012–13 Segunda División 38 11 38 11
Liverpool 2013–14 Premier League 9 0 2 0 1 0 12 0
Málaga (loan) 2014–15 La Liga 15 2 5 0 20 2
Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 29 6 2 0 31 6
Lazio 2016–17 Serie A 9 1 1 0 10 1
2017–18 34 11 3 0 1[a] 0 9[b] 1 47 12
2018–19 27 4 5 1 5[b] 1 37 6
2019–20 36 6 0 0 1[a] 1 4[b] 0 41 7
2020–21 23 8 0 0 5[c] 0 28 8
Total 129 30 9 1 2 1 23 2 163 34
Career total 227 49 20 1 3 1 23 2 274 53
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  2. ^ a b c All appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ All appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of 11 November 2017[33]
Spain
Year Apps Goals
2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lazio

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Luis and Alberto are pronounced [lwis] and [alˈβeɾto] respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League squad numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Luis Alberto". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Luis Alberto: "El Sevilla es de los mejores, pero nosotros tenemos hambre"" [Luis Alberto: "Sevilla are one of the best, but we are hungry"] (in Spanish). Eurosport. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ Pinto, Juan (14 September 2010). "La maduración de Luis Alberto" [The coming of age of Luis Alberto]. Diario de Sevilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Setback for Sevilla". ESPN Soccernet. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Luis Alberto y Sergi Juste, nuevos jugadores del Barça B" [Luis Alberto and Sergi Juste, new Barça B players]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  8. ^ Expósito, Pablo (2 September 2012). "Femenía y Rafinha estrenan el casillero de La Masia" [Femenía and Rafinha get first points for La Masia]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  9. ^ Déniz, Noelia (18 January 2014). "El Barça B de Eusebio Sacristán" [Eusebio Sacristán's Barça B] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. ^ McNulty, Phil (22 June 2013). "Luis Alberto: Liverpool sign Sevilla's Spain Under-21 forward". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Reds complete Luis Alberto deal". Liverpool F.C. 22 June 2013. Archived from the original on 26 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Reds hit Preston for four – report". Liverpool F.C. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  13. ^ McNulty, Phil (1 September 2013). "Liverpool 1–0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  14. ^ Magowan, Alistair (15 December 2013). "Tottenham 0–5 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Luis Alberto seals Malaga loan switch". Liverpool F.C. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  16. ^ García-Mochales, Antonio (23 August 2014). "Mateu corta las alas a Iraizoz" [Mateu clips Iraizoz's wings]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Luis Alberto llega esta noche a A Coruña para pasar mañana lunes reconocimiento médico" [Luis Alberto arrives tonight in A Coruña for a medical on Monday] (in Spanish). Deportivo La Coruña. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Comunicato 31.08.2016" [Press release 31.08.2016] (in Italian). S.S. Lazio. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Relazione finanziaria semestrale consolidata al 31 Dicembre 2016" [Six-monthly consolidated financial report at 31 December 2016] (PDF) (in Italian). S.S. Lazio. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  20. ^ Tombolini, Matteo (12 December 2017). "Lazio, Luis Alberto nel mirino del Barcellona: La situazione" [Lazio, Barcelona tracking Luis Alberto: How it stands] (in Italian). Agenti Anonimi. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  21. ^ Abbate, Alberto (22 November 2019). "Lazio, Luis Alberto mira al trono di re degli assist" [Lazio, Luis Alberto eyeing assist-king throne]. Il Messaggero (in Italian). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Luis Alberto negativo al tampone: ci sarà con la Juve" [Luis Alberto with the negative swab: he will face Juve]. Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 5 November 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  23. ^ Villalobos, Fran (5 February 2013). "España invierte en su futuro" [Spain invest in their future]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Silva nets brace, Spain thrash Costa Rica in friendly". Chicago Tribune. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  25. ^ a b c Matchett, Karl (11 June 2013). "Liverpool: Why Luis Alberto will suit Brendan Rodgers' Anfield team". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  26. ^ a b c Stevens, Jack (14 January 2018). "Luis Alberto flourishing at Lazio". Football Italia. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  27. ^ a b "Luis Alberto signs new five-year deal with Lazio". Diario AS. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  28. ^ a b c Morrone, Daniele V. (6 October 2017). "Luis Alberto ha sorpreso tutti" [Luis Alberto has everyone surprised] (in Italian). Ultimo Uomo. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  29. ^ "Luis Alberto: 'Immobile owes me!'". Football Italia. 16 April 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  30. ^ Cieri, Stefano (11 January 2020). "Luis Alberto anima biancoceleste. Ospina, che sciagura" [Luis Alberto biancoceleste soul. Ospina, what a disaster]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  31. ^ "Lazio confirm Luis Alberto appendicitis". Football Italia. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  32. ^ "L. Alberto". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  33. ^ "Luis Alberto". European Football. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  34. ^ "Coppa Italia: Atalanta bow to Lazio". Football Italia. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  35. ^ Gerna, Jacopo (13 August 2017). "Juventus-Lazio 2–3: Murgia al 94' decide la Supercoppa" [Juventus-Lazio 2–3: Murgia decides Supercup in the 94th]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  36. ^ "Lazio beat Juventus 3–1 to win Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia". BBC Sport. 22 December 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  37. ^ "Gran Galà del Calcio: The winners". Football Italia. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  38. ^ "Luis Alberto MVP For February". Serie A. 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.

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