Originally written on O-Posts  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Taken from Goal.com
The story about Alberto Aquilani is a strange one. Some would even say a sad one. He was born and grew up in Rome, and started his youth career at Roma. After a loan spell at Triestina, he got into the Roma squad and soon became a key player in the team. He was known for his passing and was the motor of the team.

When Xabi Alonso left Liverpool, Rafa Benitez wasted no time in finding a replacement. Alberto Aquilani joined Liverpool on 5th August 2009 for a fee of around £17 million, most of that in add-ons. He came to Liverpool carrying an injury, and was out until November. He was impressive whenever he played, but his injury problems prevented him from playing enough games.

In the summer of 2010 Rafa Benitez left the club and was replaced by Roy Hodgson. That was a time of big turmoil at Liverpool, and Aquilani was sent on loan to Juventus to lower the wage bill. He played 33 games for Juventus that season. He returned to Liverpool the next summer but was sent on loan again, this time to AC Milan.

During his time at Milan, Aquilani impressed for the most part. His playing time was restricted due to injuries and Milan´s refusal to activate the buy-out clause, which would be activated after he played 25 games.

Now Alberto has once again returned to Liverpool. His future is still very much unclear. While a lot of fans see his qualities and want him to stay, his high wages and injury proness are big problems. Aquilani himself is said to be willing to stay in Liverpool if the club want to keep him.

Aquilani offers qualities that Liverpool need in the “tiki-taka” system Rodgers´ teams usually play. His passing is brilliant; he is a very clever player and has good shooting abilities. He can play deep alongside Lucas or behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1. His passing would allow Liverpool to win space very fast and he could feed the striker and wingers with dangerous trough ball.

But while he has a lot of qualities that Liverpool could use, there are also big issues regarding his attitude. He seems to find it hard settling in to Liverpool, although his agent stated he is ready to stay at the club. That combined with the above mentioned high wages and injury problems are very good reasons for the club to sell him. 

Where will Aquilani play next season? What will be the next chapter of the Odyssey he has been going through the last few years? Only time will tell.

Written by Ivan Stanic Follow me on Twitter @stanic007
Please like O-Posts on Facebook Follow the site on Twitter A site that displays various opinions, insights, reports, etc from a host of talented writers, covering various clubs and leagues.

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'


Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.