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Liverpool can net $4m boost from transfer clause over player who was sold eight years ago

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Liverpool could net a windfall from a transfer involving Luis Alberto, who hasn't played for the Reds for over 10 years. Alberto joined Liverpool from Sevilla in a $8.9m (£7m/€8.2m) deal in 2013 but didn't start a single game in the Premier League.

He was subsequently loaned out to Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna before a permanent switch to Lazio in the summer of 2016. That move to Italy completely rejuvenated the midfielder's career and he has been a mainstay of the side for the past eight seasons.

Now 32, Alberto wants to seek a fresh start and revealed his exit plans live on TV, immediately after a match, last month. Corriere dello Sport claims he has interest from clubs in Qatar over a potential summer move.

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However, no interested party has met Lazio's asking price of around $16m (£13m/€15m) and the Serie A giants will not entertain a deal until its valuation is met. It is a deal that Liverpool will be keeping an eye on though, with his contract running until 2027.

It is reported that the Reds inserted a sell-on clause of 25 per cent when Alberto moved to Rome from Anfield in 2016. And should Lazio receive the fee it wants, Liverpool could pocket almost $4m (£3.3m/€3.8m).

The clause will hardly give Liverpool the funds to go and spend big in the transfer window, but it would be another boost as it strives to comply with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.

He previously admitted his regret that his move to Liverpool didn't work out and conceded he could have done more to be a success. The Spaniard told France Football: "I think it is 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 is a shame as I lose a few years."

Liverpool.com says: Luis Alberto's short stint at Liverpool didn't work out but he has gone on to have a decent career in Italy with Lazio. He could finally move on this summer and that could net Liverpool a decent amount of money. It isn't a huge sum but every little counts amid scrutiny over FFP.