Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has said the club should keep hold of out of favour forward Iago Aspas.
The Spaniard, who signed from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window for £7.7m has struggled to make an impact at Anfield and has been linked with a move away from Merseyside just half a season after swapping La Liga for the Premier League.
However with the squad looking thin on the ground, Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column that he believes he needs to kept until the end of the season at least.
‘In the case of Iago Aspas, what we’ve seen of him so far does not suggest he will blossom any time soon. It has been suggested that Aspas should go out on loan but I’m not sure what that proves.
‘Being sent out on loan is usually the second to last move before a player is sold so I’m not sure there is any benefit in doing that. And Brendan Rodgers is not in a position at the moment where he can afford to let players leave the club.’
With Liverpool’s squad not exactly blessed with numbers at the moment, it would seem strange to allow anyone to leave, whether that is Aspas or Raheem Sterling - as has been suggested in some reports in the press this morning.
Though there may be some younger players around the first team squad, inexperienced or not, even they shouldn't be allowed to leave just yet, until sufficient reinforcements are brought in during the window in order to give Liverpool sufficient depth in the second half of the season.
The Reds have a couple of key figures returning this month, Steven Gerrard came off the bench in the 2-0 win against Hull City whilst Daniel Sturridge could return to the Liverpool side for their Premier League trip to Stoke City a week on Sunday.
Even if players are returning, back-ups such as Aspas, and Luis Alberto are going to have to be kept hold of if Liverpool are sustain their challenge. Allowing the squad to get thinner would be a foolish mood.
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