Transfer Latest: Is Selling Alberto Aquilani a Good Idea?

Neil HarperCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 16: Alberto Aquilani of Liverpool kicks during the pre-season friendly between Malaysia and Liverpool at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 16, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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With Liverpool more likely to sell players in order to pay for more coming in, one player that has been widely rumoured to be on his way out is Alberto Aquilani, and I, for one, have mixed opinions on his departure.

I can't help thinking that if he's on his way to AC Milan, then he still has a role to play at Liverpool, I mean, if a player is wanted there, then alarm bells must be going off at Liverpool. It reminds me of Adebayor last season; Man City were willing to loan him to Real Madrid! I'm sorry; even I think that's stupid. Still, surely if he can be involved in the first team at AC Milan (sorry, who Aquilani is heavily rumoured to be joining), then he can do a good job at Liverpool.

I'll leave common sense out of the picture; I'm not very good on it anyway. I'll go for quality now. Since returning to Liverpool and being involved in preseason friendlies, he's been one of the best players in the team. Honestly he's the only one who's really stood out, and it seems a bit of a loss if we let him go now. Even when he first started with Liverpool and was horribly injury stricken, which I'll go into later, he still looked impressive, and it was disappointing that he didn't get more of a chance to play.

Although I did not see much, if any, of him during his time in Italy, he seemed to have a good run, so much so Juventus wanted to buy him in January, which eventually came to nothing due to Juventus' lack of funds.

I do realise there are a few drawbacks with keeping him at the club. For example, one I mentioned earlier: his problems with fitness. He wasn't fully fit when he started at Liverpool and was either rushed back into action because of his hefty price tag or just didn't settle well, but he didn't finish many games at all and never really looked at his best. This could be a recurring problem for him in the Premiership, despite him playing nearly a full season in Italy. We all know it's a different style there compared to the Premiership, and his old injuries could easily come back to haunt his career at Liverpool.

There's also a much bigger problem. Do Liverpool really need another central midfielder? I can name at least seven, not including Aquilani, that can play that role. Although Gerrard is currently injured, unfortunately, I don't think he'll play as big a part this season than he has in the past due to injuries. Aquilani, although a quality midfielder, could easily be seen as surplus to the team considering his past with the club and his success in Italy.

So there we have it. I'd love it if Liverpool did keep Aquilani, just because he is definitely a good player to have, but I can also see one of the other midfielders, like Raul Meireles, leaving, which is just as bad, if not worse, in my opinion, so it may be best for him to be sold in order for Liverpool to buy other players and reinforce other places in the team (HINT: LEFT BACK) and for him to keep his career on track and for that I wish him the best of luck.

Thanks for reading yet again and feel very free to comment below.