Iago Aspas called his time with Liverpool "incredible" in 2017 - despite struggling to break into Brendan Rodgers' plans with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in such fine form.

He made the switch from Celta Vigo to Merseyside for £7m after a stellar start to his career in Galicia.

There were high hopes for the then-25-year-old after he made the move to Liverpool in 2013, he adorned the famous number nine shirt with the Reds in the hope to emulate his fellow countryman Fernando Torres' exploits.

Sadly it just wasn't to be.

Aspas had to endure playing third fiddle to Sturridge and Suarez, both of whom fired the Reds to within touching distance of ending their wait for a Premier League title.

On his debut in pre-season, he was on the scoresheet as Liverpool thumped Preston at Deepdale. An assist in an opening day win over Stoke followed, before he notched his first and only competitive goal in the FA Cup win over Oldham.

Aspas, who turns 33 today, may unfortunately be associated most for the failed corner kick against Chelsea that lives long in the memory of Liverpool fans.

"It was a very good opportunity for me. I wanted to have the experience of playing in another league, especially in the Premier League," Aspas said in 2017, speaking about his time at Anfield.

"To be able to do it in Liverpool, a historic club in Europe, was something incredible.

"Despite what people may think, it was a very enriching experience for me

"In England and then in Seville I grew as a professional and a person. My relationship with Rodgers was normal between a coach and his player.

"I did not play much that year [2013], but you must remember that I met Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the highest level. Suarez is a spectacular striker."

On that fateful corner against Chelsea - which saw him play the ball directly to Willian - he remarked: “I suppose it’s because it was my last game and we lost. It was a great season for Liverpool – one of their best – although I would have liked to have played a bigger part and that corner is the final memory, so it’s their lasting image of me.

"But in football you can’t forever live in the past. Things keep moving, every day gives you another chance."

Fifteen appearances later and he made the temporary switch to Sevilla, where he featured in the Europa League triumph, before returning to his boyhood club Celta Vigo.

Similarly to his time at Anfield, during his loan spell in Seville, he struggled to break the stronghold of Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro who lead the line.

After taking up his buyout clause, Sevilla immediately sold the then 27-year-old to Celta Vigo.

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Some who do not quite make the grade at Liverpool fall by the wayside, and often only come out of the woodwork when uttered in the same breath as 'forgotten players'.

Not the case for the Spaniard who turned his form and legacy around - in Spain at least. He also scored at Wembley against England on his international debut under Julen Lopetegui.

In terms of Celta, they finished sixth in Aspas' first season back and as a result qualified for the Europa League. They almost reached the final only to be denied on aggregate at the hands of Manchester United.

Aspas holds the record as their leading La Liga goalscorer - a record he broke eight months ago - and all-time goal-getter, some 48 goals more than Hermidita, he sits third in the charts for appearances turning out more than 380 times in the sky blue of Los Celestes.

Things haven't turned out too badly for Aspas since his forgettable stint at Anfield and that corner against Chelsea, but at least he looks back on his time with happy memories.

All the best, Iago.

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