Luis Alberto has admitted he is partially to blame over his failed time at Liverpool.
The Spanish playmaker moved to Anfield as a 20-year-old in 2013 from Sevilla for a fee of £7m. after spending a year on loan at Barcelona’s B team
Yet he failed to make his mark on the Reds, managing just 12 appearances over three years and spending time on loan at both Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna.
He departed for Lazio in 2016, becoming a key player for Le Aquile .
Speaking to France Football, in quotes translated by Sport Witness, Alberto says he moved to Anfield too early in his career and that it is only in the last two years he has really been able to focus on performing at the highest level.
He said: “I think it’s a little bit my fault.
“I didn’t do everything necessary to be at my level in terms of work and focus.
“What I should have done at 20, I was only able to do it at 25.
“It’s a shame, I lost a few years. I’m 27 now. I’m trying to make the most of it and I think there’s a lot of time left to continue to enjoy myself.
“I left Spain quickly, and especially a context, at Barcelona’s B team.
“At Liverpool, I adapted well, but it happened bit by bit.
“I finished by reaching a good level, with the possibility of playing a little bit. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to win the Premier League”.