LIVERPOOL defender Kolo Toure believes Iago Aspas has overcome a significant hurdle in scoring his first goal for the club.
The Spaniard finally opened his account on his 11th appearance for the Reds with the crucial first in the 2-0 FA Cup win over League One Oldham.
It ensured he avoided joining El Hadji Diouf as the only Liverpool number nine to go a whole season without scoring.
While opportunities have been limited for the 26-year-old because of the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and also a thigh injury, there was a feeling he had not made the most of the chances he had been given.
Aspas is never likely to dislodge either of the two front-line strikers but Toure thinks his breakthrough goal will make a difference to the player who still has plenty of time left to contribute this season.
"This goal will change him, definitely," said the Ivory Coast international, himself starting back-to-back matches for the first time since November. "It's very important for a striker to score goals. Their confidence comes from scoring goals.
"The Premier League is a tough league - it is the best league in the world - and he is a young striker who was fantastic for Celta Vigo.
"We know what he can do. He just needs time. He hasn't played many games since he came here but he scored a great goal for us.
"He did really well and we are all really happy for him."
Aspas, who has found himself filling in positions on the forward line he is not entirely comfortable with, felt being given the chance in his preferred central role helped him.
"I played the last game on the right wing and (against Oldham) I played as a striker, which is my position," he said. "It's wonderful for me to score my first goal here. It's difficult when you don't play all the games, but I'm very happy to have scored."
One negative from the Oldham victory was injury to defender Daniel Agger. Manager Brendan Rodgers said "We hope it's not bad news about Daniel. It's been a tough period with so many games and we're playing in such a tough league."