Brendan Rodgers backs new Liverpool forward despite struggles

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that new signing Iago Aspas will be successful at Anfield despite once again failing to find the net against Southampton at the weekend.

The 26-year-old forward was substituted at half time after failing to make an impact as Liverpool lost in the league for the first time this season, going down 0-1 at home.

Aspas - who was signed in the summer for £7.7 million from Celta Vigo - admitted last week that he was unhappy at Anfield having not scored one league goal in his opening four appearances. 

And Saturday's performance will not have improved his mood, but Rodgers is convinced that as soon as he finds that first goal he will kick on and succeed in a Liverpool shirt.

“There’s no doubt it’s been difficult,” said Rodgers.

“When you are the player who scores goals you want that goal to give you that confidence and obviously he hasn’t got that yet.

“It was difficult for him to get in the game. We flipped it about a bit in the first half in triangles to try and get him on the ball a bit more. He’ll continue to work hard.

“Iago is a good boy, and honest boy and he’s obviously been thrown in a bit quicker than he’s had to have been.

“But he’s a good guy, he’s working hard and trying his best so hopefully over time he’ll get his goals and make the impact we think he can.”

Aspas will likely have a run in the side after Phillippe Coutinho was ruled out for six weeks with a shoulder problem after the game against Swansea last week, giving him plenty of opportunity to prove himself. 

And his performance on Saturday was reflected in Liverpool's overall display.

“I think it was hard because across the board I felt we were flat. I think it’s something that we would hope now gets a response out of the players,” Rodgers added.

“Saturday will hurt. But we’ll reflect on the game, put it behind us and move on.

“We never really got going from the off – it was a bit lethargic and technically we were short, so it was a very disappointing result and performance for us.

“It hasn’t been like us. We’ve normally started games very well. But we’ll just put it down as one of those days and now we need to go on another good run.”

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