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Liverpool 'frustration' grates on Moroccan star

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Oussama Assaidi is hoping to erase the memories of a frustrating first season in English football with Liverpool by making an notable impact during his loan spell with Stoke City.

The Morocco international joined Liverpool from Dutch club Heerenveen during the summer transfer window of last year, but made only four appearances in the Premier League for the Reds.

Brendan Rodgers' summer recruitment of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas means attacking positions are at an even greater premium this term, which would have provided an even greater hindrance to Assaidi's senior ambitions with Liverpool.

The 25-year-old admits the lack of first-team opportunities with Liverpool last season encouraged him to consider his options over the summer months, and he believes a temporary move to Stoke is the ideal chance to revive his faltering career.

"It was frustrating last season, especially having not been given too many opportunities on the pitch, but I am here now and I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League," Assaidi said.

"When I did play last season, I thought I did well, and the experiences I did have on the field have given me an understanding of what to expect in the Premier League.

"I am a forward-thinking player and I enjoy scoring goals and helping to make goals. I feel I can fit in here well and help the team to progress.

"I had a number of options available to me, but I really feel that this is the best one for me. I am excited about what the season holds for us.”

Assaidi could feature for Stoke immediately following his move for Liverpool with the Potters set to face Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

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