Liverpool are looking to add to a team that finished seventh in the English Premier League. Iago Aspas, one of many making the rounds in Liverpool transfer news, is a likely target. However, the addition of Aspas won't do much to elevate the Reds to the Champions League.
According to The Sun, the Spaniard Aspas is ready to join the Reds for a deal that will pay him a reported £7.7 million.
Aspas told The Sun that Liverpool was the place for him:
“I was forced to cancel my holiday in the Caribbean, but the reason I did more than justifies why. When I heard of Liverpool’s interest I did not hesitate even for a minute."
If the deal is indeed consummated, Aspas would join forces with Luis Suarez to create a formidable group of attackers.
Even if Suarez does stay, the addition of Aspas will do nothing to improve the Reds. Aspas is talented and a terrific passer, as evidenced by this play:
Here's Iago Aspas' assist from last night. Nice bit of skill to set up the goal. https://t.co/nmEF3eIbD1— LiverpoolFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) June 2, 2013
Still, he only scored 12 goals last season with Celta Vigo of La Liga. If Suarez leaves and takes his 25 goals with him, then the Reds will have no one to replace his production. Aspas is not enough of a goalscorer to take over that load. If Suarez stays, then he's not enough of a threat to take pressure off of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
This is not as much of an indictment on Aspas as it is on the rest of the Reds roster. In order to make a significant leap into the standings and thus a spot in the Champions League, the Reds need a truly elite player to pair with Suarez. Aspas is not that. They are in even worse shape if Suarez departs.
Aspas should help. But he will not really make a big enough impact to alter this team's immediate future.
This becomes even more relevant if Suarez leaves. Without Suarez, there is not an elite talent on this roster. Aspas, at only 25, is probably not ready to take a leading role on a top EPL team.
It's a nice signing. But will Aspas become the catalyst to take this team to the Champions League? Probably not.