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A lot of people have slated Aquilani as a flop for Liverpool—that he hasn't been able to adapt his play to the English game and because he is on the physically weaker side—and that his loan spells back in Italy spell a future move away from Merseyside.
I haven't seen enough games of Aquilani in a Liverpool shirt to say he is a flop. However, the times I have seen him play, he's demonstrated precise passing and incredible vision.
Even Dalglish himself has stated:
[Aquilani] did well in those games. But the problem for us was trying to get him in the team. We couldn't get him in the team.
Obviously everybody wants to play and Alberto is moving over to a fantastic football club. He goes there with the best wishes of everyone and we hope it works out for him, because he was never a problem in any way, shape or form.
I think he should come back even if Dalglish says he won't fit in with the team. If we can play him right in the middle in front of the defense, I think we'd have a solid midfield. We're in desperate need of a creative midfielder who can pass the ball (almost) like Xabi Alonso.
Man, we miss our Spanish playmaker.
If Aquilani decides to stay in Italy—if AC Milan decides to buy him—I think it would be in Liverpool's best interest to look for a deep-lying playmaker. Keisuke Honda? Shinja Kagawa?