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.
However the move has not blossomed just yet for Aspas, although the cup competitions have been far kinder.
He has scored in the Europa League and this week bagged a hat-trick in the Copa Del Rey against lowly Sabadell.
Sevilla won the game 6-1 - Aspas bagging his hat-trick in the 90th minute from the penalty spot. He has now revealed that he almost did not take the kick. Midfielder Ever Banega wanted to lash the ball home, but Aspas asked him nicely if he could step aside on this occasion - and let him secure his first career hat-trick.
In quotes translated by Inside Spanish Football Aspas said after the game:
"Ever asked to take the penalty, but I told him that this could be the first hat-trick of my career and in the end it went in. As it’s my first, I’m taking the ball home with me."
He then went on to discuss his desire to prove himself to the Sevilla manager:
"It’s true that I haven’t shown all of the football I have inside of me. I need to keep fighting and make things difficult for the manager.”
That was also the case at Liverpool, where he never lived up to the high expectations had of him after a winderful spell with Celta Vigo.
But he now has four goals this season for his loan club, which makes him more potent than any of the current Liverpool batch.
So perhaps there is a future for him at Liverpool after all.