Anderson Arroyo, a defender for Liverpool, spent some time on loan with Alaves. At the end of his time there, he helped the team get promoted to La Liga.
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Alaves beat Levante 1-0 over two games in the final of the play-offs. It took a penalty in the ninth minute of extra time on Saturday to stop a penalty shootout and keep Alaves in the Spanish first division for another season.
Even though Arroyo wasn’t able to play in this very important game, he did make 18 league starts during the season. This was his sixth loan move away from Anfield.
The 23-year-old was signed in 2018 from Fortaleza, which is in his home country of Colombia.
He caught the attention of scouts with his play at the 2017 Under-20s South American Youth Championship, which Luis Diaz also played in.
Arroyo has never played for Liverpool’s first team because he couldn’t get a work permit. This is why he spent time on loan with Real Mallorca, Gent, Mlada Boleslav, Salamanca, Mirandes, and Alaves.
Each of his three previous trips to Spain turned out to be a good decision, as he was able to get games that he hadn’t been able to get in his earlier moves.
Arroyo might not have a long-term future at Anfield, and fans might have forgotten who he was, so it was a bit of a surprise last summer when the defender signed a new deal with the club until 2025.
Arroyo is a player the club isn’t ready to give up on yet, and he has the same long-term view of his chances on Merseyside. In 2020, he told WFI that he hoped to play for Liverpool one day. He said, “The truth is that it is my goal, my wish, my dream to make my debut for Liverpool.”
“That’s why I try to do things the best way every day. I want to do my best and keep getting better. I have to be there, and I’ll do anything to make it happen.
My goal for the future is to play for Liverpool and become a regular member of the first team. Since I joined the club, I’ve been hoping for this, and I hope it comes true.”