Wednesday 17 January 2018

After two years, one goal and £7.7m - this Anfield flop will not be returning to Liverpool

Iago Aspas struggled to make an impact on the field for Liverpool
Iago Aspas struggled to make an impact on the field for Liverpool

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool’s misfit striker Iago Aspas says he won’t be returning to Anfield following his season's loan at Sevilla.

Aspas joined the La Liga side on a temporary deal last year, but the arrangement involved making the deal permanent after 12 months, with Liverpool hoping to recoup a sizeable chunk of the £7.7million they paid Celta Vigo in 2013 for the striker in 2013.

“I came here on a loan deal with an obligatory option to buy,” said Aspas.

“I am a Sevilla player for next season. I will sit down and talk to the club in the coming days, or when the season ends. But, well, it is an open secret that everyone knew. The transfer [fee] is to be paid this summer. I am very happy at Sevilla, they received me with open arms, and I hope to keep paying them back for many years.”

Read more: In Pictures: Iago Aspas' most memorable moments for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has never anticipated having to recall Aspas, who failed to make an impression during his one year stint on Merseyside.

“Since I left Liverpool I have not spoken with Rodgers again,” said Aspas.

“When I was at Liverpool, he behaved very well towards me. I did not have the playing time that I wanted. Which is why I made the move here to Sevilla.

"At the moment a return is difficult, as I say, I am going to stay here for some years at Sevilla. But I do have unfinished business as I felt I could bring much more things to the team, if I had been given more playing time.

“It is true there was a lot of competition for places, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and playing for the league title. It was one of the best years of Liverpool in recent times and it was difficult to get playing time, for sure.”

Liverpool will hope to offload plenty of others to raise fund when the transfer window, the issue of how to get any of their £16 million back for Mario Balotelli high on the agenda.

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