Sevilla striker Luis Alberto 'very excited' by Liverpool move

The 20-year-old attacker cannot wait to move to Anfield and says he has been inspired by the influx of Spanish players who have excelled in the Premier League in recent years
Sevilla striker Luis Alberto is “very excited” by the prospect of playing for Liverpool as a move to Anfield draws closer, though admitted he is leaving the La Liga outfit with a heavy heart.

The 20-year-old, who was on loan at Barcelona B in the Spanish Segunda Division last season, is expected on Merseyside to complete a medical ahead of a £6.8 million move - part of a £42m transfer splurge that includes Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Simon Mignolet.

And Alberto has expressed his delight at securing a move to the Reds, and is looking forward to the new challenge that awaits him in the Premier League.

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“I'm very excited, going to a club like Liverpool, a new culture, a new language, I have to adapt quickly, but I'm very excited ahead of this great step,” the youngster told Diario de Sevilla.

“There are many Spanish players in England and it's going pretty well for them. Seeing players doing well there motivates me more.”

Alberto only made a handful of appearances for Sevilla in La Liga and, after Barcelona declined to make his loan permanent, was expecting to return to los Rojiblancos until Liverpool made their approach.

“I have always said that it is the club [Sevilla] where I have grown, it is my home,” Alberto continued.

“I owe a lot to Sevilla, and I am a little hurt to leave as I have not had the opportunity to show my talent in the Primera Division.

“It seems that I was going to return to Sevilla, but Liverpool came in and it's a very important step. I have had to make a difficult and important decision and I hope to be successful.”

Alberto scored 11 goals in 38 appearances on loan with Barcelona B last season, also notching 18 assists in an impressive campaign.