Time to let his feet do the talking.
Liverpool‘s fans will finally get the chance tomorrow to welcome the £20m summer signing Alberto Aquilani to Anfield. The Italy international, signed in August, has been recovering from a knee operation since.
Now, having also overcome a recent virus problem, the 25-year-old seems certain to make his Premier League debut for the club against Birmingham at Anfield. His appearance in the squad should give anxious Liverpool fans something to cheer with fitness doubts surrounding Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
Manager Rafael Benítez looks likely to name Aquilani on the bench, and give him the opportunity of a cameo appearance in the second half. Benítez said: “It could be the time to let the Anfield fans see Aquilani at last. He has been getting fitter and had a short spell in a reserve game and then a few minutes at Arsenal in the Carling Cup. We had him with us in Lyon last week and I did want to bring him on. But Lucas and Javier Mascherano were controlling the game. (Times Online)
After all the talk about how much he cost and the relative wisdom of purchasing a player with a serious injury, its time for Alberto Aquilani to let his feet do the talking and after this long a wait he is no doubting raring to go. A home game against Birmingham is as good a place as any to make your Premier League debut and it’s the latest in a run of must win games, that we seem to have hitherto failed to emerge victorious (Man United being the notable exception).
The improvement of Lucas this season, and even his biggest doubters would have to hold their hands up to the way the Brazilian has progressed, and Javier Mascherano beginning to get his head to together has left Rafa not being so easily able to throw Alberto in at the deep end but I think it’s time he was given a proper spell on the pitch.
The former Roma man has been discussed at length in numerous bars and offices as Liverpool fans all considered just whether the Italian international could make the grade and effectively replace Xabi Alonso, even though to be fair he is a different sort of midfielder to the Real Madrid man.
Let’s face it we have been very average of late and in fact on occasion downright awful. Our late catastrophe at Lyon however was just plain unlucky and we must try to build on the majority of that performance where we tried to impose ourselves on the opposition.
AA, as I will from now on refer to Alberto Aquilani, is undoubtedly a good player and one that other Premier League sides were eying up and after this long wait I am looking forward to his being named in a starting eleven or at least getting a good half hour against the Brum.