Iago Aspas has admitted to being frustrated with his start to his Liverpool career but has set a return date as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.

Aspas joined the Reds in the summer for £7.6m but the forward has so far featured for the side on only six occasions as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez stake their claims on a starting spot.

Injury has hampered the 26-year-old's chances of selection as he currently sits on the sidelines with a thigh problem, but Aspas says he will improve and become a top-class attacking option for the manager before the season is out.

"I think I can improve. I am happy with the team's level but not so much individually because I think I can do a lot better," he told the Liverpool Echo. "First I want to recover from my injury and afterwards I can use my qualities better and exploit them better as a centre-forward.

"Not playing is frustrating, but I can take advantage of this stoppage, and try to get back to playing as soon as possible."

Aspas joined Liverpool from Celta on the back of a season in which he scored 12 goals in 34 appearances, helping the side to avoid relegation from La Liga.

The step up to playing for a Premier League side aiming for Champions League football, and to eventually challenge for the title, would no doubt be difficult for the Spaniard as he tries to find a place in a squad who are currently second in the table.

And as he works on recovering from his injury Aspas believes he will be able to play again in two weeks.

"I have been injured for four weeks, but I have been training for four or five days on the pitch - running and exercising. I am a lot better," he explained. "Soon I will be able to kick the ball. In 10 days to two weeks I will be ready to play.

"The medical staff were a great help to me, and it has also been good for me because I have learnt some English dealing with them.

"Now we are dealing with the physical aspect, which is also very important."