Iago Aspas Will Play a Huge Role for Liverpool in 2013-14
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The look of Liverpool Football Club will be greatly impacted by the events of the next few weeks.
With the ongoing Luis Suarez saga still far from resolved, the players that makeup the Reds could change at a moment's notice.
With potential buys such as Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa and Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos possibly on the way, there may be a few new faces sporting the Liverpool shirt, even if Liverpool don't recieve that massive payday that would come with selling Suarez.
However, one face that will play a big part with or without Suarez is summer signing Iago Aspas, who joined in June from Celta Vigo.
The 26-year-old forward wasted little time in making an impact on Merseyside, as he has had a stellar preseason, netting three goals while also providing four assists.
Aspas, who scored 12 times in La Liga last season, will be looked to bolster a scoring attack led by the currently injured Daniel Sturridge, Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
The Spaniard has not only caught the eye of supporters with his recent performances, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come out and heaped praise upon his new forward.
"Sometimes he's not always easy on the eye, but when you actually monitor how efficient Iago is, he's an incredibly effective player," said Rodgers, according to mirror.co.uk. "The idea was that Aspas would give another dimension to our attacking play, and he's done that. He creates goals and scores goals, and some of our football on tour has been fluent and the movement very clever."
One of the aspects of the game that Liverpool struggled with last campaign was finishing, as the club was among the league leaders in hitting the woodwork. In fact, if Liverpool had been able to convert their chances that hit the post, they would have qualified for a Champions League position.
Aspas is a player that can be looked at to improve Liverpool's play in the final third, as the Spaniard is a true goalscoring forward.
"We now have some outstanding talent who can make a difference in the final third," said Rodgers when describing Aspas. "And that has been the most encouraging thing, that we have real quality in that final third where it matters."
It also appears that the supporters' excitement for the upcoming campaign is reciprocated by their new Spanish forward, as Aspas has publicly stated that he is looking forward to the club's first league game against Stoke.
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“I can’t wait for the first game at Anfield against Stoke City to be able to describe at first hand all the good feelings I have about this league," said Aspas according to NESN. “I’m working hard every day to try and earn my place on the team sheet for the first game."
Aspas will have a lot to live up to, as he will be following in the footsteps of great Liverpool number nines, such as Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush. However, it appears that he is more than ready to step right into this Liverpool side and make his presence felt.
How do you think Aspas will fare in red? Have your say with a comment below or tweet @r_tolmich with your viewpoint!
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