Jose Enrique is predicting a bright Liverpool future for his compatriot and new neighbour, Luis Alberto.

The full-back was present at Anfield last week as Alberto struck a hat-trick for the Reds' U21s in a 5-2 victory over Sunderland.

Enrique believes it was an indication of the potential the 20-year-old, who moved to Merseyside from Sevilla in the summer, possesses.

"I didn't know Luis Alberto before he came here, but I know he made a lot of goals and assists for Barcelona B [last season]," he told

"I told him in the first half he wasn't at his best because it is the first time he's played in a long time, but in the second half he was great and scored three goals.

"He is the type of player who has a really good last pass to find the strikers. He can score goals as well, so he is going to be important for us. He is a young player and will learn a lot here."

Alberto wasn't the only new Spaniard to pitch up at Melwood during the close season, with Liverpool also recruiting Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo.

Enrique's been more than happy to help them settle into their new surroundings.

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"Luis is living next door to me now and, like Iago, I have tried to help him as much as I can because they are people from my country," he said.

"It's important with the language to try and help people settle down because it's important for the team."

Living next door to Alberto means Enrique's advice and support is always on hand as the youngster adjusts to life in a new country.

But, is Alberto a good neighbour?

"Yes, at the moment," smiled Enrique. "But we will see in the future!"