Liverpool came out on top ahead of many suitors in the chase to sign the talented Spaniard forward Iago Aspas last summer. They ended up paying Celta Vigo a fee in the region of £7.7 million for his services in June 2013 but Aspas struggled in his debut England term.
The physical nature of English football did not agree with Aspas who only managed 15 games and one goal for Liverpool last term before being shipped out on loan to Sevilla this campaign.
Now back in Spain Aspas has been speaking about his time at Liverpool and his hopes for the future with Sevilla. Sevilla begin their Europa League defence at home against Dutch outfit Feyenoord this evening and Aspas has spoken of his joy at featuring in the competition, while also making the pain he felt at sitting on the side-lines at Liverpool last term very clear:
“Last year I hardly got a chance and these last few weeks I’ve been doing my best to force my way in. I love football, I live for it, and it kills me when I am not playing...
“The Europa League is coming up and that is where you look at the depth of this squad, the good team we have and the good work [director of football] Monchi did last summer. We are hopeful of regaining the title. It will be difficult and the road is long, but it would be a dream.”
A good European run for Aspas would certainly suit Liverpool. The fact they have sent him out on loan suggests they have yet to give up on the talented forward and will hope he can get plenty of game-time both domestically and in Europe throughout the season - and return to Liverpool next summer a more rounded footballer.