Iago Aspas was a bit of a forgotten man for Liverpool in the midst of their 2013-14 title challenge. Having been brought in from Spanish side Celta Vigo by Brendan Rodgers that summer, the Spaniard only managed one goal in his 15 appearances for the Reds.
However, being expected to compete for a spot when the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, and Raheem Sterling were all playing out of their minds would be a difficult task for anyone. Add to that the fact that Liverpool dropped out of all their cup competitions quite early, and it meant very few opportunities were available for Aspas or his fellow outcast Fabio Borini that season.
After his single, unsuccessful season with the team, Aspas was loaned back to Spain to play for Sevilla, before ending up back at Celta in June 2015.
With a couple years of hindsight on his time away from Celta, Aspas was nonetheless positive about the experience, saying, "Despite what people may think, it was a very enriching experience for me.
"In England and then in Seville I grew as a professional and a person.
"My relationship with Rodgers was normal between a coach and his player. I did not play much that year, but you must remember that I met Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the highest level. Suarez is a spectacular striker.
"I would not have stayed because I wanted to play as many minutes as possible and there I did not have them, not when Suarez was playing like that."
Things seem to have worked out for all involved, because the 29-year-old Aspas is seeing his career get back on track. He now has 29 goals for his childhood club since re-signing with them.