Lazio midfielder Luis Alberto has admitted he ‘wasted a couple of years’ at Liverpool but is happy he wasn’t at the club for longer.

Alberto spent three years at Anfield between 2013 and 2016 after signing from Sevilla in a £7.2m deal in July 2013.

He struggled to adapt to life on Merseyside, though, managing just 12 appearances for the club during his three years there.

In fact, he only spent one year actually with Liverpool, spending his second season on loan to Malaga and his third with Deportivo de La Coruña.

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2016 saw him call it quits and head to Italy with Lazio, a club where he has established himself as one of the key players under successive managers.

With 36 goals and 51 assists in 184 games for the Serie A side, it’s fair to say the move from Liverpool has worked out as a good one for all parties concerned.

Indeed it would be easy for him to regret the move to Liverpool in the first place, but it seems he looks at it the other way.

“When such a team calls you, you can’t say no,” he told Rivista Undici, relayed by Okcalciomercato.

“In a short time, I had gone from the Spanish second division to a team that could win the Premier, with players like Gerrard, Suarez or Sturridge.

“I had moved on to a completely different football; I realised that beyond the technical quality, I had to raise the level of many other things.

“Of course, it’s true: it would certainly have gone differently if they had called me at another time, but there are those who throw away fifteen years of their career; after all I have only wasted a couple of years.”