Liverpool's summer signing Iago Aspas believes that he needs to put in the hours in the training ground if he has to make it into the starting XI for their first game in the Premier League. Having arrived from Celta Vigo, he illustrates how he has to work a lot more than in Spain due to the more physical nature of the Premier League.
"At the beginning it has been a little tougher than the sessions in Spain, but we know there is a little more running involved in this league. However, we do a lot of work with the ball and I think in that respect the sessions are very similar to back in Spain," Aspas told Liverpool's Official Website.
"I'm working hard every day to try and earn my place on the team sheet for the first game. From that moment on it's all about doing as well as I can and gaining in confidence to continue to keep my place in the side," he added.
The Spaniard went on to thank fellow Spaniard Luis Alberto who has also arrived from the La Liga this summer but kept his best praise for left-back Jose Enrique who helped them the most while settling down after coming to Merseyside. The Spaniard scored his opening goal for Liverpool in a friendly against Melbourne Victory while on tour in Asia.
"Luis has been a real source of support for me. Because we're the two new boys, we hang out and go everywhere together. Of course it helps a lot that the manager can speak Spanish - he gets by pretty well.Jose Enrique is the person who's helping out the most at the moment. He's Spanish like us, so he's helping us out with everything - finding a house, a car, translating training ground explanations...whatever it may be, he's there to help us," Aspas explained.
Aspas has been handed the number nine shirt at Liverpool, previously worn by the likes of Anfield legends Ian Rush, Ian St John and Robbie Fowler and is hopeful that he can live up to their stature.
"In Spain they don't attach so much importance to your shirt number as you do here in England, but I do know that simply by coming here I have the responsibility to return with interest the money the club has paid out for me. I can't wait for the first game at Anfield against Stoke City to be able to describe at first hand all the good feelings I have about this league," he concluded.