It is not always wise to look at a players form during pre-season and judge them based on that, but when it comes to Aquilani’s performances for Liverpool thus far this summer, he has in my opinion been our best player. Just last night, he came on for the last couple of minutes against Valerenga and looked like our best player on the night. He created both of Agger’s goals from his corner deliveries and was a threat to the oppositions goal with some well taken strikes.
Below are highlights of Aquilani vs Valerenga courtesy of YouTube user PlayerComps2011.
In Liverpool’s previous game against Galatasaray, Aquilani was also head and shoulders above the other Liverpool players even though we lost that game.
There has been a lot of talk about Aquilani leaving Liverpool this summer to go back to Italy and play for Fiorentina, AC Milan or even back to Juventus again if you believe the newspaper reports today. Liverpool have not come out and said that they want to keep Aquilani and make him part of the team this coming season so you can understand Aquilani’s frustrations and him wanting to move back to Italy. The fact that they have no given him a squad number just goes to show that maybe Liverpool are not serious at all about keeping him.
But judging from what we have seen in pre-season, yes it is against weak opposition, but Aquilani is a quality player and Liverpool should give him a chance this coming season. If he does stay, hopefully it will not be a similar scenario to Joe Cole last summer when he had a great pre-season and then went on to be a flop during the season.