Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rodgers Hails Aspas After Debut Goal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the club’s new signings, particularly Iago Aspas, after their 4-0 friendly win over Preston.

The Reds handed debuts to Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Aspas at Deepdale with the former Celta man scoring the club’s fourth goal late on.

Speaking after the game Rodgers said he felt the Spaniard would be a bit hit with the Anfield faithful and was delighted with his forward.

"Iago works hard; he's got a trick in and around the box and he excites supporters. He's a good guy and he works very hard for the supporters,” he told LFC TV.

"He drifts well in between the lines and always wants to receive the ball. But what I like is that he wants to score goals. He's looking to create and combine or go solo by himself and get a shot in. His goal was a terrific strike.

The Reds boss also took time out to praise Alberto, who came on at half-time, along with Aspas at Deepdale.

"In the second half I thought the two boys did really well. Alberto fits into the mould of what we're looking to do here,” he said.

“We want technically gifted players who work hard and some of his touches were fantastic. He's incisive with his passing. And so I'm very pleased with him.”

Goalkeeper Mignolet picked up a clean sheet on his first display for the club and was rarely troubled as the Premier League side cruised to victory.

"Mignolet was very confident and very composed. He had a great day today,” said Rodgers.

“Everything he did, he did it well. And he's already integrated really well and I thought he was solid.

"[Kolo] Toure is a very experienced professional. I was actually watching him on ESPN when he played for Arsenal at Anfield in the 2003-04 season. So he's been around for a long time and he's a wonderful player. He's got great experience and he defends really well.”

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