Alberto Aquilani was a class player and an Italian international when Rafa Benitez agreed a cumulative fee of £20 million with AS Roma back in 2009.
However, his time at Liverpool has been nothing short of disappointing. Plagued by injuries and an inability to settle with life at Merseyside meant the talented Italian midfielder had to be farmed back to his native on loan with Juventus in 2010 and AC Milan in 2011.
Recent rumours suggest that AC Milan, who incidentally failed to trigger the clause that would have made his loan switch permanent had the player made 25 appearances, are willing to negotiate a cut price deal of £3 million for the creative midfielder.
Given the player’s troubles, it is safe to suggest that he will be a good riddance so that Liverpool are saved from the unnecessary press that they will otherwise gain from this saga. Although, that would mean Liverpool have to take a massive hit on the fee originally paid for his services to Roma.
And now, entering the scene is 22-year-old attacking Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Sigurdsson, who had a fantastic six months with Rodgers’ previous club, Swansea City, is poised to sign for the Merseysiders after he expressed his interest in following on in the footsteps of Rodgers.
Sigurdsson represents a shrewd piece of business for LFC and at a mere £7 million, he's a superb addition to the Liverpool squad.
Also, Sigurdsson qualifies as homegrown talent because of his youth development and subsequent senior career at Reading.
An attacking midfielder with good set-piece abilities and a sharp eye for the goal, Sigurdsson represents the first of Rodgers’ business deals at LFC and as such, it comes with lots of hopes pinned down up on him.