Liverpool forward Iago Aspas has pledged to return better than ever when he finishes his recovery from a thigh injury he picked up in October. Aspas is due to return in the coming weeks.
The striker only made half-a-dozen appearances for his new club since signing before picking up the injury and feels he has something to prove.
Aspas may find it hard to match up to his teammates Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez who have been on fire this season, prompting pundits to dub them the new “SAS,” a title once given to Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. However Aspas has yet to find the target since arriving from Celta Vigo.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Not playing is frustrating, but I can take advantage of this stoppage, and try to get back to playing as soon as possible.
“I think I can improve; I am happy with the team’s level but not so much individually because I think I can do a lot better.
“First I want to recover from my injury and afterwards I can use my qualities better and exploit them better as a centre-forward
“I have been injured for four weeks, but I have been training for four or five days on the pitch – running and exercising. I am a lot better.
“Soon I will be to kick the ball. In 10 days to two I will be ready to play.”
Aspas gave his thanks to the club’s medical staff, praising them for the work they have done with him – which included an unexpected benefit to his adaptation to English football.
“They were a great help to me, and it has also been good for me because I have learnt some English dealing with them.
“Now we are dealing with the physical aspect, which is also very important.”
Liverpool have picked up seven points from their games since Aspas was injured, securing second place in the Premier League behind Arsenal.
Aspas said of his teammates performance this season: “My impression is very good – you just have to look at the table to see how well the team is working. We are pressuring and playing well.
This league is totally different from the Spanish league and there is greater equality between teams.”
By Rory Whitelaw
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