As Liverpool's strikers falter, one is currently doing pretty well out on loan.
It is fair to say Liverpool’s strikers have not excelled this season, with Daniel Sturridge blighted by injury and his three back-ups, Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert, flattering to deceive for much of the campaign.
In total, Liverpool’s strikers have scored 13 goals between them in all competitions this season, with Sturridge netting five and those tasked with doing the business in his absence managing only eight more, four of which have come from Balotelli, three from Lambert and just one from Borini.
As bizarre as it may sound to those Liverpool fans who struggled to comprehend why Iago Aspas was signed back in 2013, the Spaniard may have actually had a significant role to play had he not headed out on loan.
Okay, so the former Celta Vigo star only managed one goal in 15 appearances for Liverpool last season, but a year later and on loan at Sevilla, Aspas has scored 10 goals in 23 appearances to date.
That kind of form would have come in handy at Liverpool in the absence of Sturridge, with Aspas’s use as an impact sub not to be understated given his more recent form.
It is all hypothetical of course, but when you consider how poorly Borini in particular has done this season, would Aspas really have done any worse?
A four-minute hat-trick in the Copa del Rey, a La Liga goal against Real Madrid and a goal-average of one every 2.3 appearances this season suggests not.