Let us not forget that Alberto Aquilani is still a Liverpool player and he is having a great spell on loan for Juventus. Aquilani came to Liverpool as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso. It was going to be a hard task for anyone to fill Alonso’s role and it did not help Aquilani that he arrived at Liverpool with an injury. Rafa had faith that Aquilani would recover from his ankle injury and star for Liverpool last season. But Aquilani never really got going for the whole of the season due to his niggling injuries and lack of form. Towards the end of the season he started to get a run in the team but it was clear to see that Aquilani was not playing with a lot of confidence and the pace of the English game was just too quick for him.
In Italy, the pace of the game is much slower and players tend to have a bit more time on the ball without being hurried by the opposition. It is this space and time that Aquilani seems to enjoy and thus he is doing well for Juventus right now.
But I still believe that Liverpool should not have let Aquilani go out on loan and we should have given him this season to prove himself as he seems to have recovered from his injury. Some suggest that Aquilani was sent out on loan for financial reasons so that his wages could be directed to pay for Joe Cole’s wages. Some say he was homesick and just wanted to go back to Italy. Juventus have the option to buy Aquilani at the end of the season and I am pretty sure they are going to do that if he continues playing well for us. But will we recoup the full transfer fee we paid for him? I doubt it. With that said, if Aquilani has a change of heart and wants to come back to Liverpool then I would fully welcome that as he would add some much needed creativity and accurate passing to our midfield.
Just have a look at the video below courtesy of YouTube user milankakabaros which shows a 4 minute highlights package of Aquilani performance against Roma. You can see how well Aquilani was passing (well they do not show us his bad passes and I am sure he had a few) and how Aquilani set up the Juventus goal. What also caught my attention is this video was how Aquilani was quick in shutting down the opposition, thus showing off he can defend when need be. Liverpool should get Aqua Man back and give him another chance.