Luis Alberto has backed his decision to leave Liverpool for Malaga this summer, claiming he is now enjoying football again after a struggling season at Anfield.
The 21-year-old offensive midfielder moved to Merseyside last summer for around £7m after impressing Brendan Rodgers during his time at the Barcelona B team - scoring 11 goals in the second division.
However, the Spaniard struggled to convince Rodgers to serve a place in his line-up during last season and this summer the manager let him move to Malaga on loan in order to gain more playing time.
Alberto has since started all three Malaga La Liga games, scoring a goal during their 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the opener.
"I couldn't adapt to Liverpool. It was a bit strange to me. I did not have enough chances and now here (at Malaga) I am enjoying what I like the most, that is football," Alberto admitted during an interview with Spanish AS.
"Liverpool are a great club. They have fans worldwide. I remember a tour we did in Indonesia, Thailand, and Melbourne, and it was amazing. But I had no opportunities to prove why they signed me."
Alberto asked Rodgers to leave Anfield this summer, sealing a two seasons loan move to Malaga – even though Liverpool can take him back next summer.
"We took a step forward. I had to leave Liverpool because I was not ready for another year like the last one (on the exile). And I believe we have taken the right choice coming to Malaga because I am going to enjoy it here," said Alberto.
"It is a two season loan but Liverpool can take me back this summer. I think two years (rather than one) is better for me; but anyway, I am going to fight like if I had one month. I have to established myself in the first division at Malaga."
Meanwhile, Alberto reveals he has a close relationship with new Liverpool signing Alberto Moreno, as both grow in the Sevilla academy.
"We talk a lot. We are like brothers. We've been together nine years at Sevilla. Liverpool are going to have so much fun with him. He is similar to (Barcelona star) Jordi Alba."