Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Iago Aspas to make an impact at Anfield despite subbing the striker at half-time in Saturday's defeat to Southampton.
The 26-year-old Spaniard was replaced by Raheem Sterling during the interval against Southampton after failing to make himself a presence in the game.
But despite this, Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo that he believes Aspas has a lot to give to the Merseyside club.
"There's no doubt it's been difficult, 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," he said. "It was lethargic and technically we were short, so it was a very disappointing result and performance for us."
Aspas signed for Rodgers' side during the summer from Celta Vigo after scoring 12 La Liga goals last season, but has failed to find the net in his first five games for the Premier League side.
Rodgers added: "Iago is a good boy, an 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."
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