Liverpool finished 7th in the Premier League last season, and were hoping to build on that performance.
They achieved some stability under Brendan Rodgers, and the fans are hoping that it will act as the catalyst for future success. Rodgers is expected to take them to the Champions League next season, and a possible title challenge in the future.
Currently, Liverpool's squad isn't top four material, and it needs massive improvements to achieve their targets. Their squad was notoriously thin and bereft of quality players. To make them more competitive, significant improvements were needed in most positions.
The summer transfer window could have been an ideal platform to announce their ambitions. At a time when Tottenham Hotspur have pulled some rabbits out of their hat, where do Liverpool stand?
Are they on track? Are the new signings an upgrade over existing players?
Liverpool have added a few players already. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet can be considered as an upgrade from Pepe Reina, but the rest looks merely capable to fill the squad sheet, barring the experienced Kolo Toure.
Then Wwat about their forward Iago Aspas, Liverpool's new number 9? It might be insane to compare him with Luis Suarez or even Daniel Sturridge. Does he stand a chance to nail down a regular starting spot?
Liverpool brought Aspas from La Liga relegation candidates Celta Vigo. What intrigues most fans about him is that he is a forward, but not a familiar name.
Goalscorers get noticed very often, but Aspas wasn't a popular name even at the age of 25. He has arrived at Liverpool after spending six seasons with Celta, scoring 46 goals in 136 appearances. This included matches in the Spanish second and third tiers, as well as La Liga.
Aspas came through the ranks of Celta Vigo's youth team, before getting promoted to their B team and eventually to their first team.
He played only one season in La Liga, in which Celta Vigo almost got relegated. They miraculously confirmed their La Liga safety by clinching two wins out of their last two, while others dropped points.
Aspas, who started 33 matches for them as a centre-forward, was their top scorer with 12 goals.
Even in the 2011/12 season, when Celta Vigo were in the Spanish Segunda Division, Aspas led their scoring charts with 23 goals, which won him the best forward in the second division award.
But his top division performances weren't an inspiring one to deserve the attention of 18 times English League champions. At a time when teams like Swansea City and Norwich City are bringing better striker home, did Liverpool get it right?
Even though Aspas plays as a forward, finishing isn't one of his strengths. To be fair to the player, he is good at holding the ball and link-up play, which might suit him to Liverpool's style of play. Aspas' creative vision and eye for key passes also make him a decent option. He can be a good weapon on the counter-attack, but his finishing isn't anyway near to world class.
He has scored in pre-season matches, but can carry this form over to the Premier League? Is he going to adapt to the physicality of the league and the quality of opposition? It looks like a mismatch for me.
There is a chance that Liverpool might get lost in the absence of Suarez, if Aspas is the one who is going to be their hope.
At a time when Liverpool should have been looking for improvements over their current set of players, they have brought in a mediocre player.
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