Liverpool’s Iago Aspas hope to replicate Michu impact
Liverpool's Iago Aspas hopes to use his unpredictability to his advantage as Michu was able to do at Swansea City last term
Iago Aspas believes he can use his unpredictability to his advantage when the Liverpool striker faces unsuspecting opponents this season.
The Reds forward sealed a £6.7m move to Merseyside in June as a relative unknown in the Premier League despite his impressive performances for Celta Vigo.
Last season, Michu arrived in England without a notable European reputation and exploited Premier League defences, scoring 17 top-flight goals.
Aspas hopes to have a similar impact over the course of the 2013/14 campaign.
“We will be hoping to make the same impression and we’ve already been receiving a lot of help from our teammates. Phil has been helping us a lot,” Aspas told Liverpool’s website.
“Although he’s not been here a long time, he knows all about the club’s philosophy and what it actually means to be a Liverpool player.
“It’s not only a good thing for us from the point of view that the fans don’t know so much about us, but it may be more significant that defenders and opponents won’t know so much about us either.
“That may have been the case with Michu at Swansea City last season, for example.”
Aspas has already established himself as a first-team regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side since moving to Anfield this summer.
And the 25-year-old forward is desperate to help Liverpool finish in the top four and seal a much-desired return to the Champions League.
“Personally it would be to play as many games as I can and take on board all the new concepts and ideas – everything that I need to learn about playing for Liverpool,” he added.
“As a team, we’ve got to aim to get into Europe again next season. That’s very, very important and our ambition has to be to get into the top four.”