World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi has stated that he would pick former Red Luis Alberto ahead of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Liverpool signed Luis Alberto from Sevilla for a transfer fee of £6.8 million back in 2013.

Alberto never got going at Anfield, as he was loaned out to two different teams during his time at the club. Eventually the Reds permanently moved Alberto on, as Lazio signed the midfielder for a fee of €4 million.

It has been a good decision in the eyes of Alberto, as he believes that the move to Italy has been the best decision of his life.

Lippi was asked who he would take out of Alberto and Pogba if he were given the choice, and his answer was complimentary towards the former Red.

“I would choose Luis Alberto, he has great quality,” Lippi told TMW Radio.

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NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Daniel Sturridge (C) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with team-mate Luis Alberto during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Alberto only managed to make the 12 appearances for Liverpool. He did not score a goal and registered one assist.

The Spaniard was contracted to the club for three years. The aforementioned statistics highlight that Alberto did not get a good run of things at Liverpool, which ultimately meant he did not succeed at the club.

One could argue that it was a mistake to let the midfielder go. At Lazio, Alberto has scored 24 goals and registered 40 assists from 124 appearances. Those are very solid numbers.

It also speaks volumes when a World Cup-winning coach such as Lippi states that Alberto has quality.

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