It has been a tough season for two of Liverpool’s new Spanish players, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. Both joined Liverpool at the start of the season but have not played much this term. But Brendan Rodgers admits that both have been working hard in training and that they may still yet have a part to play in the future of Liverpool.
Rodgers said: “It’s probably been a difficult season for Luis because he hasn’t had many opportunities to make an impact.
“But he needs to keep working. He’s still a very young player and he does have quality. It shows you the level of where we are at.
“It was a signing for the long term, that was the idea. He’s a young player who has come in and sampled life at a big club and made a contribution.
“He will stay with the group for the rest of the season and then we will review his development come the summer.”
Alberto is still only 21-years old, and as Rodgers said, he is one for the future. The most important thing Rodgers has to do for Alberto is to find what his best position is on the field. We have seen him play in central midfield, out wide and just behind the striker, once he focusses on his best role, I think we will start to see Alberto improve.
As for Iago Aspas, the 26-year old Spanish striker signed from Celta Vigo in the summer has struggled to make his mark at Anfield. With the great form of Sturridge and Suarez, Aspas has hardly gotten a chance to play.
“I really feel for Iago,” said Rodgers. “It’s been so difficult for him. He has a world-class striker in Luis Suarez for competition and another who has come in and done exceptionally well in Daniel Sturridge. Daniel is potentially world class and I’m sure we will see that over the coming seasons.
“But that has never stopped Iago working well every day in training. He has never given up the fight. He may have only come on for small periods in games but he has made a contribution
“I’ve got the utmost respect for Iago and his professionalism. He keeps working, he has a great character and mentality.
“We will see where we’re at with him come the summer.”
It looks like Aspas may be set to leave Liverpool come the summer as he seeks to play regularly.
Aspas told FTBpro: “I’m not 20 years old anymore, I can’t go on loan and explode.
“I think the best would be to transfer to another club that I find the best fit for myself and the club.”
Aspas added: “This is the hardest part. I used to play almost all the matches and I arrived here playing much less. This is the tough side of football.”