The name “Iago Aspas” is enough to send chills down the spine of most Liverpool fans.
The Spanish forward was signed by Brendan Rodgers in a £7,7m deal to play a role in the side’s challenge for the European places. What transpired was an unexpected title pursuit, but to say Aspas played a minimal role in that would be an understatement.
His return to England with the national side (itself something of a surprise) has ended with Aspas showing English fans that he does indeed have the prowess of a striker, even if he never really displayed it at Anfield.
Collecting the ball from Álvaro Morata out wide, Aspas cut inside and, with John Stones trying his best to close off the danger area, the Celta Vigo forward instead curled it around substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton to score Spain’s first of the night.
It was to be a crucial goal too, as Isco made it 2-2 deep into injury time to ensure that new Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui maintained his unbeaten record.
One goal in fifteen games in his only season at Anfield, not to mention the corner from which Chelsea killed off Liverpool’s title challenge, was enough to see him packed off back to La Liga.
However, since then his career has been on an upward trajectory and he was recently awarded La Liga Player of the Month for October.