Brendan Rodgers expects new Liverpool recruit Iago Aspas to make a real difference in his first season in the Premier League.
The Northern Irish manager has been impressed by the Spaniard’s performances so far in preseason friendlies and training.
“I can see that he loves being here. He has already thrown himself into the language. He is mixing with his friends very well, and you can see in and around the box he’s exciting; he’s got a nice touch, he can create something out of nothing – which I like, players that can do something a wee bit different,” he told the club’s website.
Rodgers thinks the striker, who celebrated his 26th birthday last Thursday, will become a Kop favourite due to his work ethic and fighting spirit. He also avoided the cliché of asking fans for patience, such is his confidence in the ability of Anfield’s new number 9.
“He’s certainly going to come into the squad, he is prepared to fight and run and work for the team. That can really help us get to where we want to get to. He’s got an eye for a goal in whatever position he plays, he’s quite flexible to play along the front line. He will always be a goal threat and that was one of the aims this year, to bring in players that could add to our goal tally,” he added.
Aspas scored 12 goals for Spanish club Celta de Vigo last season as they narrowly avoided relegation from La Liga, finishing just one point ahead of relegated Real Mallorca.