Was this Brendan Rodgers' biggest mistake at Liverpool?

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

With Iago Aspas leaving for Sevilla on loan, one wonders what ever possessed Brendan Rodgers to sign him in the first place.

The Liverpool forward has agreed to join the La Liga side and will hope to enjoy a better season in Spain than he did on Merseyside.

The season before last, however - at Celta Vigo - Aspas managed 12 goals and seven assists. So he can make a decent striker… just maybe not on these shores.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsDribbles WonAerial Duels WonAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 31 12 93 23 33 2,964
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 21 7 37 8 29 2,275
Raheem Sterling Liverpool FW 9 5 92 11 33 2,218
Iago Aspas Liverpool FW 0 1 1 3 14 380

As Opta stats show, the 26-year-old scored no goals and registered just one assist in 14 Premier League appearances. Okay, the Spaniard wasn't exactly handed many minutes - but there was a reason for that.

All season, Aspas won just one dribble in the league and three aerial duels. The likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling all put him to shame.

And what's more, Aspas's only competitive goal for the Reds came in the Capital One Cup against Oldham Athletic. With all due respect to Oldham, if a striker can only score against League One sides, he shouldn't be in the Premier League.

The problem for Rodgers, though, is that the Spaniard isn't a youth striker that he took a chance on on the cheap. Aspas is 26, just one year younger than the recently sold Suarez and two older than Sturridge.

Even worse is the fact that Rodgers paid £7.6 million for him. For a club like Liverpool, especially when they didn't have any profits from Champions League football to speak of last year, that's a hefty gamble to take on a player who has shown absolutely no signs of breaking into the first team since.

Indeed, the most vivid memory that comes to mind at the mention of Aspas for many fans is his devastatingly awful corner kick deep into Liverpool's 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Anfield. Rodgers brought the Spaniard on to give the Reds some extra spark in the final third. But all the 26-year-old could muster was a poorly taken corner that made its way straight to a Chelsea player.

While 41-year-old Rodgers has made many incredibly brave and successful decisions during his short time on Merseyside, then, one sticks out for the wrong reasons: the decision to sign Iago Aspas, the man who couldn't score a league goal all season - and the man who couldn't even take a corner.

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