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.

Sep 242014
Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (41,857) Liverpool scorers: Rossiter (10′), Suso (109′) Middlesbrough scorers: Reach (62′), Bamford (pen 120′) Tactics The personnel changes saw Brendan Rodgers set the team up in a formation which is used throughout the club from youth and under-21s upwards. The variations of 4-3-3 are familiar to all players and suited the deep lying midfield pair of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Rossiter, who played big roles in the execution of the tactical plan. Adam Lallana played ahead of the pair for much of the game, but Markovic move central later on continue reading

Aug 032014
Liverpool 2, Ac Milan 0 - Liverpool Tactics

Liverpool 2, AC Milan 0 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina (69,364) Liverpool scorers: Allen (17′), Suso (89′) The 4-3-3 formation was back, as Liverpool started the game with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe either side of Ricky Lambert up front. Starting Tactics Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was noticeably more vocal, and emerged regularly from his area, though this seemed like a token gesture as opposed to effective sweeping. The usual high pressing was evident when the team turned over possession, and Liverpool’s first goal came after good pressure from Joe Allen, who eventually got the goal after a couple continue reading

Jul 202014
Preston 1, Liverpool 2 - Liverpool Tactics

Preston North End 1, Liverpool 2 Deepdale, Preston (17,488) Liverpool scorers: Suso (74′), Peterson (77′) Preston scorer: Brownhill (45+1′)  Liverpool started the game using the diamond formation which saw much success last season. Emre Can was taken off injured midway through the first half, and was replaced by Jordon Ibe. The team shifted to a 4-3-3 with Borini, Lambert, and Ibe up front, with Coutinho and Allen in front of Lucas in midfield. Liverpool stuck with the 4-3-3 in the second half, and whilst there were numerous changes, the system remained the same. Goalscorer Peterson replaced Borini up front on 64 continue reading

Jul 072013
Suso Hopes to Learn From Spain U20 Defeat

As Spain limped out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey after defeat against Uruguay in the quarter-final stage, Liverpool’s Suso told that the tournament was another learning experience. Suso played a big part in much of what was good about Spain’s football in the tournament, playing either from wide on the right, in central midfield, or even as a centre forward for a period of this game against Uruguay. “I think we have to learn from every moment, from every point of the tournament. I think this will obviously be the biggest one, and it will be continue reading

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Jun 222013
Suso Impresses for Spain U-20 Side v USA

Spain played their first game in the U-20 World Cup, defeating the USA by four goals to one, and Liverpool midfielder Suso played an important role in the side. Wearing the number 8 shirt, Suso was stationed on the right side of a 4-5-1 formation, but the positions were typically fluid when Spain were in possession and much of Suso’s best work was done when he drifted inside. He picked out a number of good passes from deep, using his left foot to play diagonal balls up to Barcelona prospect Gerard Deulofeu and Jesé Rodríguez who plays his club football continue reading

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Jun 212013
LFC Stars Coady, Suso, and Flanagan Feature in U-20 World Cup

Liverpool’s Conor Coady will captain England at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup which started today. Right back Jon Flanagan is also amongst the England contingent, and attacking midfielder Suso has been included in an impressive looking Spain squad. All three players will be looking to boost their profile as a new season approaches, and a good run in the tournament will give them valuable game time which, for one reason or another, they might not have got at club level so far this year. Flanagan will be hoping to compete for the ever available back-up right back slot at continue reading

Nov 252012
Transfers & Tactics – Striking a Balance with Revolution 9

Old Rope & New Hope Liverpool currently has no one in the squad wearing the number 9 shirt. This is mainly due to the fact that their £35m worth of no. 9 is on loan at West Ham United, where he still can’t score goals, and also down to their failure to sign a replacement in the summer. We couldn’t even manage to sign a false 9, let alone a genuine 9. It will be a good while before the transfer calamities of the last few years are erased from the minds of Liverpool fans, and probably even longer before opposing fans stop reminding continue reading

Nov 122012
LFC Players in Top 100 Young Players - Don Balon List 2012

Fabio Borini, Dani Pacheco, Jonjo Shelvey, Rahhem Sterling, Suso, and Samed Yesil all feature in the Don Balon list for 2012. Despite not featuring for Liverpool lately due to injury, Fabio Borini will have made the list because of his form during his time at Roma, where his performances earnt him a call up to the Italy squad for Euro 2012. Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, and Raheem Sterling have become important players in Liverpool’s first team squad this season. This is partly due to the relatively small size of the squad, but also due to the fact that these players have continue reading

Oct 202012
Suso Signs a New Contract

Liverpool’s Spanish wonderkid Suso has recently signed a new deal which will keep him at the club for the next three years. Suso commented on his Twitter account, that the contract is for three years, and that he is happy to be at one of the best teams in the world. Muchas gracias a todos.He firmado nuevo contrato con uno de los mejores equipos del mundo.Muy conteto y feliz de firmar 3 años mas.#ynwa — suso30fernandez (@suso30fernandez) October 19, 2012 Which (very) roughly translated means: “Thank you very much to all. I signed a new contract with one of the best teams continue reading

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