Aspas frustrated by lack of Liverpool starts

The summer signing from Celta Vigo is yet to open his account at Anfield and is finding it hard to break into the first team

New signing Iago Aspas admits that he has yet to settle in at Liverpool as he struggles to make his mark on the first team.

The 26-year-old striker arrived at Anfield for a fee of around €9 million from Celta Vigo during the close-season with a big reputation, having scored 35 league goals in his previous two seasons in Spain.

The return of Luis Suarez after his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and the form of England striker Daniel Sturridge mean that Aspas has been reduced to a bit-part role in recent weeks, which he admits to finding difficult.

“I’m finding it hard to be a sub at Liverpool having started games in the past few years,” he told the Daily Mail.

“When I left Celta Vigo I was aware that to start for Liverpool wasn’t going to be easy.

“And now the team is winning and we are among the leaders in the Premier League, it’s much harder to get a game.”

Sturridge and Suarez have formed a superb partnership to help fire Liverpool to second in the table, with 11 goals between them in all competitions already this term.

But Aspas is convinced that he can still work his way back into boss Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

“I hope to carry on working hard and little by little to get more game time with Liverpool,” he added.

“I want to change the current situation.”

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