It’s not too unkind to say Iago Aspas had a pretty terrible time with Liverpool.
Moving from Celta Vigo there were big hopes attached to the Spaniard but he failed to settle and just couldn’t find the back of the net for the Premier League club.
There was a lot of mockery, Aspas was the butt of the social media joke repeatedly, but it looks like a transfer which simply didn’t work out rather than a player who simply didn’t have the required talent.
Now with a reasonable chance of going to the World Cup with Spain, Aspas is enjoying his time back in La Liga. With 19 goals so far this season for Celta Vigo he’s the fifth top scorer in La Liga, with the quartet ahead of him being Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
Asked why it didn’t work out at Liverpool, Aspas said the competition he was up against for places was just too strong: “I had great players next to me and they cut me off. Liverpool caught me more off guard, younger, it was the first time I left home and in the team, which was about to win the Premier League, were Luis Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge.”
Asked if he enjoyed the Premier League, Aspas told the Spanish newspaper: “Yes. There’s a football culture and a league very well assembled for the fans, but I think it’s inferior to La Liga by level of teams and players, as seen in European competitions.”
Liverpool have a chance to make Aspas’ point weaker.