Luis Alberto was again in fine form for Deportivo La Coruna on Monday night, registering an impressive assist in his side’s eventful 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano.
Alberto has been a shining light for Victor Sanchez’s side and impressed with a typically influential display in his No.10 role, which included a brilliant set-up for Depor’s first goal of the night.
With his side trailing 1-0 after 19 minutes, the Spaniard provided brilliantly for partner-in-crime Lucas, who the Reds loanee has established a fantastic partnership with, to draw level.
Cleverly finding space inside as play developed down the left, Alberto demonstrated great awareness to find the striker, turning and fizzing a devastating defence-splitting pass off the outside of his boot to release Lucas on goal.
Outside of the foot assist for Alberto tonight. https://t.co/DFrSZ910Ew
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The No.7 made no mistake when one-on-one to equalise, gratefully slotting home Alberto’s perfect pass with aplomb to level the half time score against the relegation threatened visitors.
It was the fourth assist the 23-year-old has produced this season, adding to the four goals he’s also netted in just 13 starts, as he builds an impressive contribution record for Sanchez’s men.
Having added to his set-up tally expertly in the first half, Alberto then almost boosted his goal total early in the second period.
But after a powerful run and cut-back from Lucas who looked to return to the favour, he saw his first-time strike from just inside the box agonisingly hit the post with the ‘keeper beaten.
And at 2-2 having come from behind twice, Alberto went close again seeing his low drive whistle the wrong side of the post, before later blasting a ferocious volley wide after a one-two as he single-handedly tried to force a winner.
Though he couldn’t produce a piece of late magic to win the game, the Spaniard continued to orchestrate play with his use of the ball sharp and creativity bright, while also impressing with his off-ball work rate.
Carrying Depor’s biggest inventive threat, Alberto looked like a man really enjoying his football and it was a joy watching him in this kind of form, despite having to settle for a point that keeps his side ninth in La Liga.
If he can keep it up until the end of the season, he may just provide Jurgen Klopp with some food for thought on his return this summer.
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