Anfield man set for permanent move back to Italy.
Alberto Aquilani has dropped a major hint that he will not return to Liverpool following his season-long loan at Juventus.
The Italy international midfielder has headed back to Serie A after just one injury-plagued season at Anfield.
The £20million signing from AS Roma made just 18 Premier League appearances following a long-running battle with an ankle problem during the 2009-10 campaign.
“Liverpool were relying on me and deep down I would have stayed because I overcame my physical problems and the fans were very affectionate towards me,” Aquilani said.
“But then this chance came and I did not think twice about it. Liverpool only wanted to give me away on loan, but (Juve sporting director) Giuseppe Marotta insisted on the buy option.
“I would like to stay, but everything depends on this season as I am on loan.” (Independent)
It does seem that Alberto Aquilani has played his last game for Liverpool and if he does well in Turin it seems very likely a permanent move to Juventus will follow. The question would be whether they get anywhere near the £20 that was forked out to bring the Italian international from Roma last summer.
Although a great portion of that fee was dependent on increments based on playing a certain amount of games it does seem the decision to bring Aquilani to Anfield has been a costly mistake. Should Roy Hodgson have chosen to keep the 26 year old at the club? Rafa Benitez never really gave the midfielder a chance to prove himself and on the occasions when selected he did pretty well, in fact his record in the nine games he started last season was pretty impressive. Six wins, two draws and a defeat against Chelsea is not bad at all.
Aquilani was considered one of the best players in his position in Serie A and good players don’t become bad overnight so I am sure he will impress on his return to Italy.
Do Liverpool fans think that the club should have held onto the player or was it time to let the Italian leave Merseyside?