Alberto Aquilani may yet stay at Liverpool, despite being linked with a Juventus transfer.
The transfer of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani to Juventus was cast into doubt last week, as Kenny Dalglish said the Italy international may not depart Anfield after all.
Should he stay or should he go though?
THE ARGUMENT TO KEEP HIM
Aquilani is calm on the ball, and would fit in well with Dalglish’s philosophy of keeping possession. He is creative and incisive with his passing, and would likely enjoy the movement of Luis Suarez ahead of him dropping deep and finding space on the flanks.
Keeping Aquilani would mean no gamble on the transfer of Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, whose season has tailed off hugely since the end of January.
Aquilani has had a strong season at Juventus and regained his confidence. A partnership with Lucas Leiva at Liverpool would be a fine mix of grit and technique in central midfield.
Juventus are unwilling to pay the full price agreed prior to his loan. Playing hardball with them would show Liverpool are back to the top, while cover will be needed if Joe Cole leaves.
THE ARGUMENT TO SELL HIM
Though Aquilani has excelled at Juve, the tempo of Serie A is far slower to that at Liverpool. There is no guarantee he would be similarly successful at Liverpool.
While he is a fantastic passer when given the time, like Michael Carrick at Manchester United he can struggle with a pressing game.
He is also notoriously weak in the tackle, meaning Lucas or Jay Spearing would have more of a job on their hands.
Raul Meireles has come in and greatly improved in that area, and Jay Spearing has done nothing wrong to lose his place.
Aquilani has a greatly powerful shot on goal, but seems reluctant to take the chance.
He also does not want to play for Liverpool and would far rather stay in Italy.
So Liverpool fans: should Alberto Aquilani stay at Anfield or be sold?