He's currently stationed more than 1,000 miles from Liverpool's home ground, but on-loan Spanish midfielder Suso retains a burning ambition to return to Anfield next season.

The talented 20-year-old is spending 2013-14 with La Liga outfit Almeria as he seeks to build on the foundations of the last campaign, when he broke into the first-team set-up under Brendan Rodgers.

Gifted in possession, with creative vision, balance and agility, Suso was an encouraging fit for the Northern Irishman's philosophy, featuring on 20 occasions for the Reds.

With the guidance of his manager, the Spain youth international opted for a temporary switch last summer to maximise playing time - although his long-term goals have not changed.

He told talkSPORT: "I wanted to play every game this year and get a lot of minutes. Playing in the First Division in Spain is a good experience for me. Next season I'll be a new player. I'm enjoying it a lot.

"At the beginning of the season, before pre-season, I was talking with Brendan and we were thinking that the best option for me was to go to a team on loan for a year, improve and learn from other players.

"It's a dream to play at Anfield every weekend - it's the best option that can happen. I would like to sign a new contract with Liverpool and stay there for many years.

"Brendan is a really good manager; he always treats the players really well. He tries to get the players on the ball all the time. To play football, you have to have control of the ball - Brendan wants that all the time."


In between representing Almeria against the likes of European giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, Suso maintains a keen interest in the fortunes of his parent club in the Barclays Premier League.

Like many in England and around the world, the youngster has been thrilled by the attacking exploits of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and a fellow starlet from the Academy, Raheem Sterling.

"Raheem has done really well," he added. "He is still very young and he has to improve, as all players have to improve, but he is doing really well - he is scoring goals and giving really good performances. That's important.

"Daniel has been really good. For me, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez up front are the best pair in the Premier League. I watch every game; we keep talking and I keep contact with some of the players as well. We stay in touch."