Brendan Rodgers believes Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho, is a highly talented player proving his worth after a slow start at the club.
Since arriving from Manchester City in the summer of 2017 in a £25m deal, Iheanacho has failed to justify his price-tag and has been the subject of criticisms.
However, this season Iheanacho has scored six goals eight games, and Rogers is pleased to see him reaping the reward for his hard work.
“He’s a big talent,” Rodgers said.
“He didn’t play a lot of football at Manchester City and it takes a bit of time to adapt.
“But since I’ve come in, his confidence has grown and grown and we believe in him and believe in his talent and this season he has really come to the fore.
“He works so hard every day. He’s either making a goal or scoring a goal now and he works so hard in his pressing game. He was a threat when he came on tonight (Wednesday) and I’m delighted for him.
“It was a great finish. He’s been so important for us. You see his confidence all the time whether he starts or comes into the game, and that’s the beauty of him now he is making an impact in games.” he added.
Iheanacho’s second-half goal cancelled out Frederic Guilbert’s 28th-minute opener and left the second leg at Villa Park on January 28 delicately poised.