Liverpool starlet Suso is eyeing a place in Brendan Rodgers‘ starting 11 for next year’s Barclays Premier League campaign, and the Spaniard has set his sights on helping bring “Tiki-Taka” football to Anfield.
Rodgers’ Swansea side delighted audiences with their intricate passing patterns and a brand of aggressive possession football last season and the Ulsterman has made it clear he intends to implement the same philosophy at Liverpool.
And Suso, who joined his teammates in North America on Wednesday, revealed he too was a keen admirer of the new manager’s style.
“I have had my first training session with the new manager,” Suso told Liverpoolfc.com. “He has been talking to me all of the time and, being honest with you, he looks really good. The football he wants us to play is the style of play I like.
“It’s really good for me so we hope we will get better. The manager has been talking to me about the style of football he wants us to play and to use the ball as much as we can. He told me I need to work hard for the team and do my best.
“He did well with that style when he was at Swansea. This is a new look team and we will try to do the best we possibly can.
“I’m trying to work as hard as I can every day so I can be in the first team. I would love to be able to get some games in the Barclays Premier League but I know to do that I need to work hard every day and show the boss what I can do.
“I hope to get some minutes with the first team in the friendly matches out here. As I say I just want to improve in every game and every training session because we are going to face some really good teams. I just need to learn in every game.”
Suso shone at this year’s UEFA European U19 Championship in Estonia, where his Spanish side was crowned champion after a 1-0 win over Greece.
And the youngster believes the tournament provided him with crucial experience, admitting that he feels he can now return to Liverpool an improved player.
“It was a really good feeling,” he said. “I knew we had a strong team and there were some really good teams in the tournament. I thought we did really well and to win the tournament was special.
“The feeling is really good and I am happy because you don’t win the European Championships every day. It was really difficult to win it because we had some tough games but finally we did it.
“I’ve been improving a lot since I left Liverpool at the end of last season. Playing for Spain at the Euros I was playing against some of the best players in Europe so I would say yes I think I do come back a better player.
“To make a competitive appearance for Liverpool would be a really good experience for me. I didn’t get the chance last season and I was a little bit sad, but this year we have a new coach and it’s a new season, so I hope I can get that chance.”
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