Swansea City prepare for Liverpool's Iago Aspas
IAGO Aspas is yet to open his account at Liverpool.
There would be some irony involved if he changes that record on Monday night.
Aspas, after all, is a forward Michael Laudrup tried very hard to bring to Swansea City.
Laudrup's interest first surfaced back in January, when he admitted Aspas was a player he admired.
A move did not happen then because Celta Vigo did not want to sell.
By the end of the season, however, Aspas was available — and Laudrup came very close to getting his man.
It is understood Swansea's manager spoke to the player and his representatives about moving to Wales.
Aspas was keen, yet the deal did not happen. When Liverpool weighed in with a bid worth more than £7 million, Swansea's hopes of landing Aspas were dashed.
This was one of the transfer market failures which left Laudrup so frustrated for a spell in the early part of the summer.
Happily for Swansea, they turned attentions elsewhere and eventually bolstered their forward line by signing Wilfried Bony and Alvaro Vazquez.
But expect Laudrup to be cursing a little louder than usual following an opposition goal if Aspas finds a way past Michel Vorm in Monday's mouthwatering game at the Liberty.
"Liverpool have one of my friends," says Swansea forward Michu, who played with Aspas at Celta.
"I think he's really good and is going to have a good season — I want to play against him."
Aspas has started Liverpool's three league games so far this season — and been substituted in all of them — but another frontman has grabbed all the headlines to date. Liverpool have beaten Stoke, Aston Villa and Manchester United this term, with all three games ending 1-0 and all three winners scored by Daniel Sturridge.
The bad news for Swansea is that though he missed out on England duty with a thigh injury picked up during the United win, Sturridge is set to train tomorrow and Liverpool are hopeful that he will make the trip to Wales.
The presence of the in-form Sturridge could be key for Brendan Rodgers, for Luis Suarez remains suspended for biting.
But Sturridge, the player Rodgers tried to bring to Swansea during his time in these parts, will not be Liverpool's only threat.
Another Rodgers recruit, Phillippe Coutinho, has been a revelation at Anfield, while Steven Gerrard remains capable of winning games all on his own.
Other than Suarez, the only big absentee for Liverpool this weekend is likely to be Glenn Johnson, the right-back who is nursing an ankle injury.
But Rodgers has plenty of alternatives — Andre Wisdom is the man most likely to come in — so his rejigged Liverpool side will still look impressive.
"Liverpool is going to be a difficult game," Michu concedes.
"They are really strong, but we need to get three points at home."