Liverpool Signing Iago Aspas Shines in Debut

Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IIJuly 15, 2013

Aspas made his mark on his debut in red. Photo:
Aspas made his mark on his debut in red. Photo:

Although the Barclays Premier League campaign is still roughly a month away, Liverpool supporters were given a major taste of what new signing Iago Aspas can bring to the five-time European Champions.

Aspas, who signed from Spanish side Celta Vigo in June, made his debut for the Reds as the English giant took on League One side Preston North End in a preseason contest to honor the legendary Bill Shankly.

The Spanish forward entered the game in the second half, but immediately made his mark on the match with an assist to Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling in the 64th minute.

Sterling and Aspas played a brilliant one-two at midfield, as Aspas played a wonderful through-ball to find the streaking Sterling, who had slipped behind Preston's defense. The England international showed his maturity, as he calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home what would be Liverpool's third goal of the afternoon.

However, the day was just getting started for Aspas, as he himself opened his Liverpool account with a phenomenal left-footed curler from just outside the box.

After the match, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers singled out Aspas for his performance.

"Iago works hard; he's got a trick in and around the box and he excites supporters," said Rodgers in an interview with LFC TV, who is entering his second season as Liverpool manager. "He's looking to create and combine or go solo by himself and get a shot in. His goal was a terrific strike."

Aspas was not the only new face to make their Liverpool debut, as new signings Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet and Luis Alberto all featured for the Reds.

Liverpool went on to win the contest by a score of 4-0 behind goals from up-and-comer Phillipe Coutinho and Melwood product Jordan Ibe, as well as the aforementioned Sterling and Aspas strikes.

Liverpool continue their preseason Saturday, as they embark on their preseason tour, which includes stops in Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.

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