Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas is confident his long-awaited move to Liverpool will be completed in the coming weeks.

The Spanish striker travelled to Merseyside for a medical at the start of the week ahead of agreeing a £7.7m move from La Liga.

Aspas scored 12 goals in 34 games for Celta last season, helping his side avoid relegation on the final day of the season following victory over Espanyol.

But the 25 year old is ready for a new challenge and says his prospective move to Liverpool is close to completion.

Iago Aspas
Aspas scored 12 goals last season as Betis survived relegtation

"I'm excited," Aspas told Radio Galega, "But I prefer not to say anything until it becomes an official agreement between the clubs."

"There should be no problems," he added. "Now only bureaucratic issues remain unresolved."

Liverpool will hope that Aspas can assist rather than replace Luis Suarez, with the Uruguayan looking to manufacture a departure from Anfield this summer.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to hold on to as many players as possible while bringing in new recruits, with the Northern Irishman hoping to couple bridging the gap to the Premier League top four with a run in the domestic cup competitions, with Liverpool having reached just the fourth round of the FA Cup and League Cup last season.

"This time, we'll certainly give the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup a proper go - we have a much better squad to do that," Rodgers said.

"We had a paper-thin squad last year, we had kids all the way through. Obviously those players who have come in [in January] have added quality and it's no coincidence that we have kicked on when we've had quality in the group.

"We need to improve the group and the depth but that's what gives me great hope for the summer. If we can add that, we can make a real start and then we're ready to challenge.

"You can flip it about but it's the depth, really. We just need to build up the depth of the squad. I want to have people who might be disappointed because they're not even on the bench. At the minute we probably don't have that so it's competition we want to get.

"I don't want a massive group; we want a tight group with a real core of 17 or 18 players who feel they should always be playing and then supported by a few of our top young talents."