It has been a huge topic of debate over the last couple of weeks: Is Alberto Aquilani coming back to Liverpool next season after his loan spell at Juventus? Aquilani has come out in the past and said that he is happy at Juventus and would like to make his stay there permanent. But the main stumbling block for this move happening is the £14million price tag Liverpool have put on Aquilani. Juventus want Liverpool to lower that price but hopefully we will not settle for less and we can use that £14million to go out and buy other players considering we bought Aquilani for £21million from Roma.
Now Kenny Dalglish has come out and said that Aquilani is welcome back at Liverpool in the summer and he can play a key role in the Liverpool team next season.
“When people talk about next season, I’m surprised they don’t give Alberto a mention,” said the Liverpool boss. “Everyone seems to have forgotten about him.
“I know he has done really well at Juventus this season. When the loan finishes at the end of the season, he reverts back to being a Liverpool player.
“Nothing is cast in stone and he could be coming back to play for Liverpool. He could be a valuable asset here next season. He’s still our player.”
We all know that Aquilani never had a good run in the Liverpool team after he was signed by Rafa to replace Xabi Alonso. Filling the boots of Xabi was going to be a tough task for anyone. Aquilani arrived at Liverpool injured and he never really recovered from his injuries to become a regular in the team. And as result Roy Hodgson loaned him out to Juventus without giving him a fair chance.
If there is anyone who can put their hand around Aquilani’s shoulder and get the best out of him, it is Kenny Dalglish. There is no doubt that Aquilani is a quality player. Whether Aquilani would be a regular starter for Liverpool if he does come back next season is still a question for debate but I would certainly rather have Aquilani coming off the bench than Jonjo, Poulsen or Spearing.