WELL, quite easily really. The young Spaniard has been played on the left of the front trio and on the right, more often, yet neither of these are his best position. With Rodgers’ plan A there is a growing feeling he is getting it right, but against Aston Villa we saw that there are times when it needs tweaking.
Suso should be played as closely to Suarez or Sturridge as possible, as the games where we are playing against teams that just defend he is one of the few players that can make that difference. A ‘no look’ pass, beating a man in close proximity, Suso is not blessed with electric pace but he has that way of playing that this generation of young Spaniards are all blessed with.
It’s a mixture of guile and agility that gives the player with the ball the confidence and frame of mind to just go past his man with the simplest of ease.
Suso has this in abundance, which makes him so dangerous to play against. In the blink of an eye he is past his man through fleet of foot, showing great skill and trickery to embarrass his marker.
Suso, along with Jonjo Shelvey, has been played “out of position” quite a fair bit this season, and has still looked good. Although of late he has been subbed a fair bit, which may affect his confidence, but he won’t let it show in his playing style. The ideal scenario would be one of a front three of Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge with Lucas, Suso/Shelvey and Gerrard/Henderson behind them. Suso pushing up to support the front three as much as possible to really get the best out of him and others around him.
In the Spaniard, recently capped for his national teams under 21 side, we have a player that can play here for years to come and with a manager that has no problem trusting youth then the future is bright for the youngster. Real Madrid and Barcelona are already putting out the feelers for him, but the level headed kid from Cadiz has only recently signed a long-term deal with the Reds, keeping him at Anfield to help him flourish beyond his teen years to become a mainstay in the first team.
Player comparisons are sometimes misleading, but if you were to compare Suso to anyone it would be David Silva; someone who has become so pivotal to the way reigning champions Manchester City, play. Suso needs to add goals to his game, as he has a few assists to his name already, but the composure in front of goal will come with more game time and age. There is an ever growing feeling on the Kop that when Suso scores, he will explode, such is his desire to make it at Liverpool.
Credit must go to Rodgers for having the guts to play the likes of Suso, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and others so frequently, but it is also a damning realisation of how poorly we have spent on so called senior members of the squad – which is an entirely different topic altogether. One thing we can all agree on is that Suso will be an Anfield regular for years to come.
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