3 Apr 2017

Anfield Update: 'Fantastic' €20m star confirms he quit 'Liverpool' because of 'Luis Suarez'

After enduring a torrid time at Liverpool, Ex-Reds striker Iago Aspas has resurrected his career in La Liga, and he has now revealed the main reason he decided to quit Anfield after just one year.

Speaking to Sky Sports over the weekend, Aspas described his time at Liverpool as 'enriching', and confirmed he had a 'normal relationship' with Brendan Rodgers. He also explained why he spent so much time on the sidelines:

"You must remember that I met Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the highest level. Suarez is a spectacular striker. I would not have stayed because I wanted to play as many minutes as possible, and there I did not have them, not when Suarez was playing like that".

During the 2013-14 season, Suarez and Sturridge collectively contributed an incredible 89 goals/assists, and with two strikers of such prodigious prolificity, there was simply no space - or need - for Aspas. Stats that illustrate the true extent of Aspas's struggle for game time:

* Averaged just 38 minutes of pitch time per game.

* Finished only 2 games all season.

* Unusued sub, subbed on and/or subbed off in 95% of games.

* Overall, featured in just 15 games all season.

Aspas is doing a great job in Spain, though, and his stats over the last two years are formidable:

* 51 goals/assists in 68 apps (One every 114 mins)

* This season: 28 goals/assists in 38 apps (One every 98 mins)

Aspas has contributed more than every one of Liverpool's attacking's players this season, including Mane, who is currently on 21 goals/assists for the season so far. Aspas' figures are even more impressive considering the fact he plays for mid-table team.

If Aspas had stayed (and played regularly), is there a chance he would've achieved similar figures for Liverpool, or is he just more suited to Spanish football?

* Jan 2017: Hailed by Celta boss Eduardo Berizzo as 'fantastic'. €20m-rated (CIES)


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