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Goal takes a closer look at Liverpool's new recruit Iago Aspas...

In this edition of 'The Good Life', Goal takes a look at Iago Aspas, who was snapped up by the Reds after a brilliant season in the La Liga with Celta Vigo.

Early Life

Aspas was born in Moaña, Province of Pontevedra. Brought through the youth ranks of his local club, Celta de Vigo, he made his first-team debut in the 2007–08 season with the side in Segunda División. Aspas was promoted from the reserves a couple of years later.

In the 2011–12 season, he netted a career-best 23 league goals, second-best in the competition as his team returned to La Liga after a five-year absence. Aspas continued his rich vein of form in the Spanish top tier as he finished with 11 goals and 8 assists to his name.

Dream move to Liverpool

Such performances led to the Spanish striker being linked to a number of clubs, with Liverpool leading the pack. Finally, on 13 June, both teams agreed a deal in principle to sign the striker subject to completion of documentation. On 23rd June, it was confirmed by the club that a deal was completed with the 25-year-old signing a long-term contract after passing a medical.


Liverpool snapped up the talented Spanish forward


Fan favourite

In the first appearance in his first full season with the senior side, he came on against Aalaves when his side needed a win to avoid relegation. Coming as as a substitute in the second half, he scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to give Celta a priceless 2-1 win. This made the youngster an instant hit with the Galician outfit.

IDOL : Aspas became an instant hero in his first appearance

 

"Part Messi, Part Monster"

"Iago is our benchmark. He is our star player in our own right, but there are sometimes small things that can affect Iago as a person and as a player. But for us, he is like Messi for Barcelona". These were the words of then Celta manager Paco Herrera, who hailed him for his footballing abilities, but was also wary of his temperament.

Aspas missed almost a third of his final season at youth level through suspension. He also missed out on a first-team call-up when he was sent-off for elbowing a player. His tryst for controversy continued as he was again sent-off for headbutting Deportivo centre-back Carlos Marchena, which resulted in a four match ban.


Talented but controversial : Iago Aspas


Comparisons to Luis Suarez

Aspas is similar to his controversial new team-mate Luis Suarez. Like Suarez, he too likes to drop off into midfield to initiate attacks, move into the channels and cut in from the wing onto his favoured left foot. He is similar in movement to the Uruguayan, pacy with silky feet, and loves to have a go at the defenders. With the controversy surrounding him in the past, Aspas is likened to Suarez in more than one aspects, so much that he is seen as a potential replacement for the exit bound Uruguayan.



Exit Bound? Iago Aspas is seen as a replacement for Luis Suarez


Celtista till death

Iago Aspas is a self-declared "Celtista Until I Die" and also an anti Derpotista. He is so passionate about Celta, that he even claimed that he would never sign for their arch rivals Deportivo, nor marry a girl from Coruna.


Aspas is obsessed about his boyhood club


Favourite moment

Aspas was no new to controversy and added another by claiming Vagner Love kicking Diego Tristan in the air as his favourite derby moment. He added "Some people don't tell the truth in football, I do"

 

Adding to controversy: Iago Aspas

 

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