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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Send Iago Aspas on Season-Long Loan to Sevilla

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Liverpool player Iago Aspas in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on August 24, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has signed with La Liga outfit Sevilla on a season-long loan, Chris Davie of Goal.com revealed on Sunday.    

Sevilla reportedly also have an option to buy Aspas on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign, but much of that will depend on whether or not Liverpool can prise back a large chunk of the fee they paid Celta Vigo for his services last year, per Squawka Football:

The 26-year-old signed for Liverpool at the start of the 2013/14 season for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million—per Ben Smith of BBC Sport—but a disappointing debut campaign on Merseyside looks to be forcing him out.

Aspas found it difficult to break into the first team at Anfield, which is hardly surprising given the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and failed to take his rare chances when they came about.

The Spaniard made just 14 league appearances last season, failing to find the net in that time, according to WhoScored.com.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Iago Aspas of Liverpool competes with Michael Carrick of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo
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With Suarez heading for Barcelona, Aspas may well have thought that his chance was coming with the Reds, but manager Brendan Rodgers had other ideas.

However, Sevilla coach Unai Emery believes that what’s Liverpool’s loss is certainly his gain, as he told Estadio Deportivo that Aspas would fit in well at the club—reported by Alex Fisher of Goal.com:

He is a player who burst onto the scene with two very good years. moved to England but has not been involved there. He has some good qualities and the ability to play at a high level. He fits the profile but it is not easy to negotiate with Liverpool—but he is one of the players it would be good if we can get.

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 14:  Head Coach Unai Emery of Sevilla celebrates victory during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Sevilla FC and SL Benfica at Juventus Stadium on May 14, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The celebrations can now begin for Emery, as he has his man, but whether or not he’ll be sending him back to Liverpool at the end of next season depends on his La Liga success.

Aspas certainly made an impression in the Spanish top flight during his previous stint there, though, scoring 35 goals over his last two seasons for Celta Vigo, according to Soccerway.

He’ll need to resurrect such form when he touches down in Sevilla, and if he does, maybe he’ll become the top striker he was promised to be with a season away from Anfield.

For Liverpool, though, the hunt for a new striker goes on, and it may be music to some fans’ ears knowing that Aspas isn’t going to be in line to fill the boots of Suarez next season.

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