Aspas says the arrival of fellow Spaniard Luis Alberto, in a £6.8m move from Seville, has helped him settle in. He said: “Because we’re both new boys, we hang out together.
“Jose Enrique is the person who’s helping out the most. He’s Spanish, so he’s helping with everything, finding a house, a car, translating at training.”
It seems reasonable to expect Liverpool to spend some more time and effort in ensuring these things are taken care of. Some of the first pages of the excellent Soccernomics are dedicated to the teutonic pace at which clubs adopt business tactics. Tactics like hiring a relocation consultant to help new-hires adjust to life in a new city: finding a house, getting a new cell phone, a car, ensuring they know where to go, and getting English lessons. Think of all the money they spend on a player, but they're not spending a little extra to ease the transition. Happier players will likely perform better and wish to stay longer.
Perhaps I'm reading too much into Aspas quote, but I'd like to think that we have a good program in place to ease the transition to Merseyside.