Will Iago Aspas really leave in the January window?

Reports keep linking the Spaniard with a move away from Anfield, soon after his £7.7m move to Liverpool.

There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of Iago Aspas, hinting that the signing from Celta Vigo in the summer may be departing Merseyside in the January transfer window.

But it would seem such an odd move to let the Spaniard go after just half a season at Anfield, where the striker has had to play second fiddle to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez for much of the season when he hasn’t been struggling with injury – barring the start of the season where he played off Sturridge in the first three games and looked quite handy, more of a squad player than a regular starter.

So far this season, Aspas has only made nine appearances in the Premier League, five of them have been off the bench – with his four most recent substitute appearances have allowed for 21 minutes on the field combined over those games.

His role was clear when Suarez returned from his lengthy ban for biting, and when Fabio Borini left the club on loan to Sunderland – Aspas was the cover striker. But when he has played in the side he is been playing in a deeper role than the out and out striker – whether that would be Sturridge or Suarez.

Aspas looked as if he was a solid performer in the early stages of the season, looked to get forward and find the front man – the main criticism is perhaps of him not being able to use his right foot, and the fact he looks a little lightweight. The latter of those two criticisms could be addressed with a bit of time and work in the gym and on the pitch.

If the latest interview he has given to the Liverpool website is anything to go by, Aspas is keen to make a contribution to the Reds’ season, and that he doesn't have a particular desire to leave the club.

‘We’ve still got the whole of the second half of the season to play, and we cannot forget that we are Liverpool and we have to be in those top four places. We’ll be battling hard to achieve that right up until the end of the season.’

And if the previous transfer window is anything to go by, the Reds can dispel the myth surrounding the January window – where last summer they signed Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge who have become integral parts of the side.

Now with Liverpool probably going through their worst phase of injuries so far this season, it is going to become even more essential that they get players in who can improve and add depth to the side in order to sustain a challenge for the top for – rather than it just peter out and another season away from where the club feels it belongs – plus the possibility that Luis Suarez may get itchy feet again if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League and Real Madrid come calling.

If Liverpool could add the necessary quality in this window they could get themselves into the top four, they could be in good shape going into the next season as well, if they don’t then another season and drama off the field could await. We all know which one they would prefer.

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