Iago Aspas is widely regarded as one of Brendan Rodgers’ worst signings by Liverpool fans - but, since returning to Spain, the forward has rediscovered the form which earned him a £9 million move to Anfield in the summer of 2013.
Ask any member of the Reds’ faithful to give their one abiding memory of Aspas and there’s a good chance they’ll mention his terrible corner against Chelsea back in April 2014. Standout moments were few and far between.
But the 28-year-old is, contrary to popular belief at Anfield, an attacking player with plenty of qualities - and he proved it yet again by scoring a stunning goal for Celta Vigo in their 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Aspas received a pass from Pablo Hernandez and skipped past one defender before chipping Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez with a delightful 20-yard effort.
That sensational goal took Aspas’s tally to seven league goals in 15 La Liga appearances this season and nine goals in 16 matches in all competitions.
Video: Iago Aspas' goal
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Aspas could have been a success at Anfield
Liverpool have moved on from Aspas now and fans are unlikely to pine for his return, regardless of how many quality goals he scores over the next few seasons.
But it’s worth noting that Rodgers and the transfer committee at Liverpool clearly had their reasons for purchasing Aspas in the first place.
Bizarrely, though, it could be argued that Rodgers never really gave the Spaniard a fair crack of the whip at Liverpool.
Liverpool fans: was Iago Aspas handed enough chances to shine at Anfield? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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