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 By Mike Whalley

Suso close to new Liverpool deal

Spanish forward Suso has revealed that he is in talks over a new contract to stay at Liverpool.

The 20-year-old is back at the club -- and part of their pre-season tour party in the United States -- after a season on loan in La Liga with Almeria.

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Suso, who arrived at Anfield from Cadiz at the age of 16 in 2010, has entered the final year of his contract, which expires next June. But he told the Liverpool Echo: "We are talking with the club already.

"Hopefully I will sign a new contract soon. I want to stay here."

Suso hopes that a season of regular top-flight football in Spain -- where he made 26 league starts for Almeria as they avoided relegation by one point -- have given him the experience to aid his push for regular first-team games at Liverpool.

Suso, right, played for Almeria in La Liga last season.

The Spain Under-21 international said: "I wanted to go on loan because at my age I felt I needed to play every week and feel important to a club.

"I played nearly every game and helped Almeria stay up. I was lucky enough to play against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the most important thing is that I learned a lot and became a better player.

"That was vital as now I'm back fighting for places with the best players in the Premier League.

"It's a good challenge for me to prove I can be here and I can play for this team.

"I probably feel most comfortable in a central role behind the striker but I can also play on the right -- I just want to play."

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