It looks like Liverpool might be stuck with midfielder Alberto Aquilani’s contract until possibly 2014, because frankly, nobody else wants him. At least that’s what his agent has said. The 27-year old was sent out on loan to Italy last season and played with AC Milan.
He’s become something of an albatross around Liverpool’s neck ever since former manager Rafael Benitez paid the ridiculous amount of £20 million for him back in 2009, when he bought him from Serie A’s Roma. He was also loaned out for the 2010-11 season when Liverpool sent him back to Italy to play for Juventus.
Aquilani has said he’d terminate his contract with Liverpool if Milan wanted him, but unfortunately they don’t. Franco Zavaglia, the player’s agent, said he’s quite sure Liverpool will still have him when summer training starts in early July since there isn’t any interest from elsewhere.
Aquilani’s purchase was a huge mistake by Benitez, but there’s nothing that can be done about that now other than figure out what to do with him. He’s played just 18 games with the Reds and has managed one goal. He equalled his goal tally of one with Milan last season, but played in only 22 games. He’s played reasonably well for Italy, with three goals in 21 matches.
It’s hard to get a good read on the Italian since nobody’s really seen him play enough to form an opinion on him. Unless you’ve been watching him week in and week out in Italy it’s hard to tell just how good or bad he is. I suppose if nobody else is willing to take him it’s not a good sign. But he could show up at training camp in July and earn a spot on the team, especially with new manager Brendan Rodgers taking over.
It’s obvious that he’d rather be playing in his homeland, but It’ll be interesting to see just how good Aquilani is if he’s still with Liverpool when the season kicks off. He could be a decent player or just another one of Benitez’s busts.