Alberto’s dad gets involved!
Liverpool‘s Alberto Aquilani ‘frustrated’ by lack of game time, according to father.
Rafael Benítez’s reluctance to give Alberto Aquilani, Liverpool’s £20 million summer signing from Roma, the playing time he needs to regain fitness after more than six months on the sidelines has left the player deeply frustrated, according to his father.
Aquilani was declared free of an ankle injury sustained in March more than a month ago but has managed just 26 minutes of competitive action, all as a late substitute, for his new club despite Benítez’s side winning just three of their past 11 games.
The Liverpool manager has confessed he is wary of risking Aquilani in finely-balanced games because of his lack of match fitness and, while sources close to the player insisted the relationship between the two remained “excellent”, the Italian international’s father, Claudio, admitted his son had found it difficult to accept life as a permanent substitute.
“Alberto is available to play,” said Claudio, a paramedic at Roma. “He has been ready for more than a month. He feels good, the injury has cleared up and he is confident he is at no more risk than any other player of the problem coming back.
“The only way he can get truly fit is to start games. There has been a lot of frustration for him, first at being injured and then at not being chosen to play for so long. He is a player, so of course he does not want to wait to be involved with the team and to start his career in England.
“I do not know why Benítez has chosen not to play him, but that is an issue for Alberto. He must convince the coach he has to play.” (Telegraph)
You can hardly blame the Italian for feeling more than just a little confused. Rafa has come out and stated today that Alberto’s lack of first team football is mainly due to the former Roma man not being able to get enough reserve team action due to postponements but that probably only tells half the story. On the plus side the boss has confirmed that Aquilani will play against Fiorentina.