Liverpool seem to have learned their lesson from last year but getting business done as early as possible.
Getting deals done for Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas before the summer window has even started and in January getting Daniel Sturridge signed the day the window opened and Philippe Coutinho following shortly after, a lot of people knew of the Sturridge deal as it had been spoken of toward the end of the summer window, Coutinho was a different story.
People weren’t overly sure of the Brazilian and what he was about, as there wasn’t alot of hype about his arrival or his price tag (£8million).
This brings me to the latest name on Liverpool's possible shopping list ..... Luis Alberto Romero.
Born on Sept 28th 1992 in the city of Cadiz, the 20-year-old was snared by Sevilla and came up through their ranks. He showed potential from a young age and was given the green light to move into the first team.
Barcelona B took him on loan this season and has flourished in a central role providing 11 goals and 17 assists.
Examples of what Alberto is all about is displayed in the video package below.
Brendan Rodgers has obviously been told of Alberto's qualities and has sent scouts to watch him as far back as October and has glittering reports from the scouting teams.
Barcelona had the first option to sign the player on a permanent contract but it seem that they haven't taken up this option which means Liverpool have moved to the front of the queue to sign the Spaniard and according to the Liverpool Daily Post have now been given the green light to push on to sign the player.
The Liverpool Echo, Telegraph and now the DailyMail are reporting that a deal to bring Alberto is close and should be concluded in the coming days/weeks.
There was talk of Sevilla waiting on Barcelona to allow them to sign Gerard Deulofeu before letting Alberto leave for Liverpool being the only thing stopping the deal as personal terms had been agreed with the player already (but take that with a pinch of salt).
At the age of 20, (he turns 21 in September), he will cost in the region of €5m and would represent a good piece of business in the next rebuilding phase of Brendan Rodgers plan for Liverpool.