29-year-old flop seeking Liverpool redemption ahead of Euro showdown
By Matt Farr
Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas is determined to avenge his miserable time at Liverpool by dumping Premier League rivals Manchester United out of Europe.
The Spanish side travel to Old Trafford on Thursday night for the second-leg of their Europa League semi-final clash, where they trail by a 1-o aggregate scoreline.
Aspas, 29, spent just one season in England with Liverpool in 2013-14, failing to score a single league goal from 14 appearances, and only found the back of the net in an FA Cup clash with Oldham Athletic.
He did not part ways with the Liverpool supporters on the best of terms, as their last memory of the striker was a dreadful corner-kick, where he passed the ball straight to Chelsea attacker Willian.
The match ended in a 2-0 defeat for Liverpool, which ended their Premier League title hopes, but Aspas believes he could win back some of the Anfield support by dumping Manchester United out of the Europa League.
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He told the Liverpool Echo: “The corner is the last memory they have of me but football always gives you another chance.
“Let’s hope the new lasting memory of me in England is knocking Manchester United out of Europe, for the sake of Celta Vigo, and for the happiness it would bring to Liverpool supporters too.”
Aspas has rediscovered his best form since quitting Liverpool in 2014, and has scored 49 goals from 103 appearances in all competitions since returning to Spain and La Liga.
The Spain international, who has been capped three times at senior level, had initially been offload on a season-long loan to Sevilla for the duration of the 2014-15 campaign.