With Daniel Sturridge injured and Luis Suarez completing his ten match suspension, Brendan Rodgers is short of attacking ideas for his next Premier League match as he returns to Swansea City.
The most likely option that he’ll choose is starting Iago Aspas at the top of the attack and it’s time for the 26-year-old Spaniard to prove why the £7.7 million the club invested in him was money well spent.
So far he’s slotted into the Liverpool attack nicely, providing solid support for Sturridge up front and providing a good link between the midfield and attack as he floats in pockets of space in front of the opposition attack.
Four out of five passes he makes are finding their intended target and his skill on the ball, plus his pace means he fits nicely into the way Rodgers likes to get his teams playing.
He’s also making the right decisions in the final third of the pitch which is justified by the assist he’s produced in the Premier League. The quality players Liverpool have in their midfield and attack means the creative side of his game should just get better.
He’s yet to bag his first goal in the Premier League and he needs to start putting numbers in that column because it’s one of the only ways he’ll stay in the team as the Sturridge and Suarez combination moves a little closer to coming together again.
If he produces a good performance against Swansea and bags a goal, it will do his confidence the world of good and Rodgers is the sort of manager who would reward the consistency he’s shown in attack.
Mentally it will also benefit him and further convince him that h can be successful in the pace and aggression of the Premier League.
Increased self confidence and belief has the ability to make any player raise their performance levels to new heights, which should increase his chances of getting goals and Liverpool’s chances of winning matches.
If he can manage to keep himself in the side then he’ll have another chance to show what he can do in front of a sold out crowd at Anfield against Southampton before an away match at Sunderland at the end of this month.
However, his biggest test if he’s in the starting eleven will be the League Cup tie away at Manchester United.
If he can convince Rodgers that he doesn’t need a rest then he’ll more than likely start that game and if he plays well at Old Trafford, his status with the fans will increase and he’ll only improve his chances of staying in the team heading into October.
What have you made of his season so far? Would you be happy with him leading Liverpool’s attack?
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