Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has claimed he was “forced” to go out on loan by the club and admits he is disappointed by his past treatment at Anfield
The 28-year-old spent the past two seasons on loan in Italy with Serie A heavyweights Juventus and AC Milan, but is back on Merseyside and says he is looking forward to impress new boss Brendan Rodgers after a “very positive chat”.
“How can you pay £20m for a player and this player is never taken into consideration?” he said in an interview with BBC Sport. “I never asked to leave but I was always pushed by the club. I am here and I would like to play for Liverpool, but it doesn’t depend only on me.
He continued: “The situation changed after Benitez left. In past years, I felt forced out. I never asked to go on loan, but they made it clear it was better for me to go. I think Liverpool people have to know that I have never said I wanted to leave the city because my family and I were not happy here. This is not true.
“I cannot say I have unfinished business in English football because I really never played but, the little I did, I believe I was able to show to Liverpool fans that I have quality and that I could have helped the team.”
Aquilani, though, believes he will have an opportunity to rescue his ailing Liverpool career under Rodgers.
“I had a very good talk with Brendan where we were able to share our thoughts and it was a very positive chat,” he explained. “I like his footballing philosophy and I like the mentality he has because it matches my own skills.”5 Comments