Iago Aspas could be heading back to Spain before the end of the month, with Valencia keen to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
Brendan Rodgers spent around £8million on the 26-year-old during the summer, having been impressed with his performances for Celta Vigo. During the 2012-13 campaign, Aspas scored 12 times for the La Liga side, whilst assisting seven more.
However, he has failed to impress at Liverpool, and his goal in the FA Cup third round win against Oldham Athletic last weekend was his first for his new club. Prior to that, the Spaniard didn’t bother any goalkeeper for 10 Premier League matches, although this equates to just 384 minutes as five have come from the bench.
Of course, his chances of regular first team football at Anfield have been hindered by the presence of Daniel Sturridge, who has nine goals in 12 matches, and the sensational Luis Suarez, who has been in unstoppable form with an incredible 19 goals in just 15 league outings. The former Celta man was also ruled out of contention for six weeks with a thigh problem, with further exacerbated his debut season in England.
Aspas could now be set for a swift return to his homeland, with BeIN Sports Italia claiming Valencia have contacted the Reds in regards to taking him on loan for the rest of the season. Los Che are currently eighth in La Liga, yet all seven teams above them have scored more than their 28 goals from 15 matches. They would hope the Liverpool man can help boost this tally, ahead of what could be a permanent deal in the summer.