Born 19th November 1993 – Jesús Fernández Sáez, or Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, to give him his full, full name, was born in Cadiz, Spain, and spent his early footballing youth as a player for his local team Cadiz CF. He is more commonly known to fans as Suso, and arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2010.
Suso turned down a move to Real Madrid after being convinced by Rafael Benitez that Liverpool FC was the right club for him to join.
“‘I had agreed on a contract with Real Madrid, and the transfer was basically done, but then Rafael Benitez called me and told me he had a lot of confidence in me and that I should go to Liverpool,”
After impressing at youth level he became one of the most talked about youth prospects at LFC in recent years, and there were many discussions at Anfield and in on-line forums about Suso, and when he will finally get his first team chance. The fans could see the talent the youngster possessed, and how he could become an important player for the team if given chances in the senior squad.
Brendan Rodgers saw in him what the fans saw – a technically gifted attacking player with great ideas and great courage on the football pitch. Rodgers subsequently gave Suso his first team debut in the Europa League against Young Boys of Switzerland in September 2012. After playing the full game and impressing the manager and fans further, he went on to make his first league appearance against Manchester United a few days later.
Brendan Rodgers has commented that if players are good enough, they are old enough, and Suso has shown everyone at Liverpool during the time he’s been here that he’s definitely good enough.