The Spain international midfielder spent three years on the Reds’ books, but got the chance to play only 12 games and had to rebuild his career in Italy.

Luis Alberto considers leaving Liverpool to be “the best choice” of his life, with the Spaniard having to drift away from Anfield and link up using Lazio in 2016.

The Spain global winger was a highly-rated prospect when the Reds snapped him up for £6.8 million in 2013.

He was, but to struggle for regular game time throughout his spell on Merseyside. Only 12 appearances were made for Liverpool, with loan moves to Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna.

Alberto’s attempts in Spain persuaded Lazio that he was worth a punt and the Serie A giants obtained the gifted midfielder at a cut-price transfer.

The 27-year-old has starred in Italy, sparking talk of interest from leading sides around Europe, and is in line to get a new contract at Stadio Olimpico.

Alberto told Onda Cero via Instagram of his path towards the top and need to break free from Liverpool: “I wasn’t mature enough in Sevilla and made the step up in quality quite late daily.

“I did not get the playing time that I wanted at Liverpool, then I began well at Malaga and had been enjoying my football at Deportivo once I got injured.

“I left the significant step upward in Lazio, a great club. Joining Lazio was the best choice of my life.

“Nobody really knew me and that was my fault. I was training by myself in Liverpool but changed mentality with (coach Juan) Campillo and required that next step.”

Alberto started out at Sevilla and would love to come back to his origins at some point, but his immediate future is located in Serie A.

He added: “I always said Sevilla is my house and I’d love to return there, but my future is at Lazio, therefore that’s practically not possible. Talks are at an advanced stage to get a contract extension and I think it’ll come soon.”

Competitive football is presently closed down amid the coronavirus pandemic, together with Italy among the states to have been hardest hit, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

It is slowly calming down, although the situation was not as poor in Rome as in the north.

“I wish to complete the season, as it might be the ideal thing for those in the top and underside of the table. The timing all depends on how the virus evolves.”

Serie A was placed into a state of indefinite postponement with Lazio sat second in the table, one point adrift of Juventus with 12 games left to participate in.