£20m Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani comments on Anfield regret

Alberto Aquilani comments on his Liverpool experience.

Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has commented on his disappointing spell at Anfield.

Aquilani was signed in 2009, after the sale of Xabi Alonso, a midfielder who has been almost irreplaceable since his exit.

The BBC reported the Reds paid £20 million for the Italian, but injury delayed his start at the club and denied him a pre-season or time to slowly adjust.

He made only 18 Premier League appearances, scoring just once, and was eventually sold after loans to Juventus and AC Milan.

Now playing for Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, 31-year-old Aquilani has given his thoughts on his time as a Liverpool player.

He said: "Is there is regret for not being decisive with Liverpool? Definitely yes. It was a complicated year, with many injuries. Then Benitez, who took me to the Reds, was gone and for me it was all more difficult.

"There, they have no problem in signing five or six players a season. There is disappointment with how it went, but that's okay, I found a great culture, in a nice city to live in."

Aquilani was up against it from day one at Liverpool after arriving with an injury and being asked to rejuvenate a team missing fan favourite and proven Premier League star Alonso.

Benitez's replacement Roy Hodgson did not see Aquilani in his plans, signing Joe Cole, who in turn also failed to work out.

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