Spanish striker Iago Aspas is hoping his strong pre-season efforts will earn him a starting berth for Liverpool in the Premier League.
25-year-old Aspas, who arrived at Anfield from La Liga strugglers Celta Vigo in June, appears to have adapted well to life in England and manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been very impressed with his contributions throughout the summer so far.
“At the beginning it has been a little tougher than the session in Spain, but we know there is a little more running involved in this league” Aspas told the club’s official website.
“I’m working very hard every day to try and earn my place on the team sheet for the first game. From that moment on it’s all about doing as well as I can and gaining confidence to continue to keep my place in the side.”
Aspas’ hopes of regular first-team action for the coming season could depend largely on the future of Luis Suarez.
Arsenal, who have this summer handed boss Arsene Wenger a far more substantial transfer kitty than in previous windows, are believed to have tabled a bid of around £40 million for Suarez, while Madrid may well try to make Suarez their marquee signing if attempts to sign Tottenham sensation Gareth Bale fail.
Liverpool kick-off the 2013/14 season at home to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Saturday August 17.
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