Alberto: I'll wait on 'Pool chance
LIVERPOOL midfielder Luis Alberto is prepared to be patient as he awaits his first-team chance.
The 21-year-old arrived from Sevilla for a fee approaching £7m in the summer, but has managed just 76 minutes of Premier League action over five appearances.
He admits English football is faster and more physical than what he has been used to and has spent the last couple of months trying to bulk up a bit more.
While he has been used sparingly by manager Brendan Rodgers, Alberto is seen as a long-term prospect and gave a hint of his talent with an Anfield hat-trick playing for the Under-21s against Sunderland in September. "I would like to play more, I am waiting for my chances. The truth is I need to play more and I hope to do it," said the Spaniard.
"I want to play, but there are many colleagues that are working well. I have to wait for the manager to start having confidence in me and (then) repay his confidence on the pitch.
"I have been working a few months and I have learned. I have discovered it is faster football, more physical, and you have to be in better physical condition. I have improved in many aspects; my physique is better and I am heavier now – these details contribute to better preparation."
Alberto is taking some inspiration from Brazilian teammate Philippe Coutinho, just three months older than him, who has had an instant impact having arrived in January.
Coutinho has more experience, having played in three different countries, but has adapted almost seamlessly without having to compromise physically.
"I admire Philippe and we get on well on and off the pitch," Alberto added. "He can be one of the people who are an example for me."