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Aspas just needs to relax, then goals might flow for Liverpool

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

The £7.7m signing from Celta Vigo has yet to find his shooting boots, it might be down to him playing slightly out of position.

Iago Aspas has said he is worried that he has yet to get in amongst the goals in a competitive game during his time at Liverpool so far.

Aspas joined the Reds for a fee of around £7.7m and has made three starts for the club, as well as an appearance from the bench against Swansea.

Though he may not have fired for Liverpool just yet, fans can be encouraged by the Spaniard’s comments, as it shows a great degree of hunger and desire that manager Brendan Rodgers keeps talking about he wants from his player.

It looks as if Aspas was brought in primarily as a squad player, as Rodgers seems to have a firm idea of his best players in the final third of the field, namely Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho followed by Victor Moses.

He has contributed one assist this season, laying off the pass for Sturridge to fire home on the opening day of the season against Stoke City.

But in the opening few games it looks as if he has been playing in a deeper role than he would he would like to, having to help out the midfield a bit more, when in reality he would like to play off the shoulder of the last defender.

A lot of his best work during pre-season seemed to be when operating off the shoulder of the last man, and along with that came a few close range tap-ins to get him amongst the goals, but we have yet to see him take up those positions for one reason or the other.

The worry is the expectation that may be placed upon him, and this could be something as simple as selecting the number nine shirt. He may see himself as a number nine, but by selecting that number he has already put himself under some significant pressure given who he has to live up to from the past, the likes of Rush and Fowler, even Fernando Torres lived up to the billing of a Liverpool number nine.

He may get his chance this weekend with the abscene of Coutinho, but with the onus on Sturridge to get goals, and then Suarez when he returns, he should try and take the pressure off himself a little. Maybe then, the goals will start to flow?

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