Carragher on Aquilani

Jamie Carragher believes that Rafael Benitez made a mistake by signing Alberto Aquilani to replace Xabi Alonso.

He said that the Italian player was not good enough to replace a player of Alonso’s quality and that he believes Benitez made a mistake by signing him.

The former England international who is now working as a pundit said that Rafael Benitez was under pressure to sign a replacement for Xabi Alonso and made a mistake by signing Aquilani. He said that when the player arrived in 2009, he was already injured and that he only managed to play in October 2009.

He said that this is one of the biggest mistake made by Rafael Benitez. He agrees that no one could prevent Xabi Alonso from moving to Real Madrid at the end of the 2008 season, but Rafael Benitez made a mistake by signing an inadequate replacement.

For Jamie Carragher, Alberto Aquilani was never a good player to replace Xabi Alonso or even play for Liverpool. He believed this is what made Liverpool weaker and prevented them from competing for trophies. Continue reading Carragher on Aquilani


Former Liverpool man in the midfield, Alberto Aquilani who signed for Serie A newboys Pescara this summer alleged he has zero regrets over his stay at Anfield which was not up to par.

The Pescara new midfielder joined Liverpool from Roma in 2009, in a deal which cost the Reds around £20m, and unfortunately after his arrival, he picked up an ankle injury, Aquilani’s Liverpool career never got going, he struggled to appear just 28 times for the Reds, ultimately departing in 2012 after spells on loan with both Juventus and AC Milan.

The 32-year old spent three years at Fiorentina, and a year at Sporting CP before he joined Serie A newboys, Pescara this summer. While reflecting on his time at Liverpool in an interview with GazzettaDello Sport, the Italian said it was an honor for him to walk out at Anfield.

“I had a great time with Liverpool and I had the honor of wearing a special shirt and playing in an incredible stadium,” Aquilani said.

Aquilani speaks about his Liverpool career

Alberto Aquilani said that he has regret about his Liverpool career.

The Italian midfielder was touted as being the next best thing in football when he signed for Liverpool in 2009 but will fail to make an impact at Anfield. Indeed, he was signed in order to replace Xabi Alonso, who was moving to Spain but will fail to replace the Spanish midfielder.

However, the career of Alberto Aquilani was hindered by injuries. He could not make an immediate start after coming to Liverpool because he was injured and most of his time at Anfield will be marred by injuries. Indeed he only managed to make 18 appearances in the Premier League and could only manage one goal during that period.

When asked whether he has regret on the way his career has been with Liverpool he said yes. He admitted that he would have loved to stay longer with Liverpool, but unfortunately he could not make a decisive impact on the team. He said that injuries hindered his career and that he did not have time to adapt to the Premier League. He stated that he was even more affected when the manager who brought him to Anfield, Rafael Benitez left the team. He stated that he lost all his bearings and could not find a way back in the team. Continue reading Aquilani speaks about his Liverpool career


Italian side, AS Roma have offered Paris St Germain €11m to sign Lucas Digne permanently, according to latest reports.

The wife of the player is also reported to to have arranged to stay in the capital. The full-back arrived at the Giallorossi on a temporary deal last summer, with the option to buy set at €16m.

The capital club want to keep the France international but Leggo reports they are attempting to lower the fee for his transfer. Roma have made a new offer of €11m, in addition to the €2.5m already agreed for his loan, to the French champions. The newspaper also says that Digne’s wife, who is on an Erasmus university exchange programme in Rome, has filed the paperwork to continue her education in the Italian capital. Digne scored three goals and provided three assists in 33 Serie A apperances this season.

Roma also acquired Brazilian goal keeper Alisson ahead of the summer. The 23-year old player would officially join when the transfer window opens. The goal keeper has hushed reports that he would be a backup player at Roma. He insists he is going to the Italian side to play. Having been called up to the preliminary Brazil squad for the Copa America, the ‘keeper is not keen to lose his place at international level. At a press conference, he said:

“Dunga has said clearly that it will depend on how you’re playing with your club ahead of the international breaks.

“I’m going to Roma to play, but now I’m focused on the national team and the Copa America. I always try to make the most of any opportunities I get.”

On going to Roma to play, Wojciech Szczęsny was the Lupi’s first-choice in goal this season, but it’s not clear if he’ll sign permanently, having been on loan for Arsenal during this campaign.


Alberto Aquilani now playing with Sporting CP

Following his £17m signing to Liverpool, AlberoAquilani was presented as being the next big player in football.

Unfortunately, the player did not live up to the expectations and was a big flop.

He started his career with Roma where he made his debut in 2002 under manager Fabio Capello. He will manage to make only 2 appearances for Roma before being loaned out to Triestina where he will manage 41 appearances for the Serie B club. He will score 4 goals for them.

After that, he will return to Roma where he will make more than 145 appearances for them and scoring 15 goals during the process. He won the Coppa Italia with Roma twice in 2007 and 2008 as well as the SupercoppaItaliana in 2007.

His good form with Roma will attract interest from Liverpool, and he will sign for the England club in 2009. He will make his debut in the Premier League in a game against Birmingham City, which ended 2-2. He will manage 26 appearances for Liverpool in his first season and scored 2 goals during the process. Continue reading Alberto Aquilani now playing with Sporting CP

Alberto Aquilani dimishes rumors about leaving Fiorentina

Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has rejected suggestions that he is looking for a move away from Fiorentina because he is yet to sign a new contract. The player confirmed that he has just over six months left on his deal.

However, he has not signed on the dotted line just yet primarily because he is concentrating on the league campaign. It is expected that Aquilani may extend his contract with Fiorentina, if he wishes to, during the winter break. Aquilani’s agent recently confirmed that the player has been holding talks with the club over a potential contract extension.

Fiorentina would not be happy with letting the player leave on a free transfer, as they would ideally like to get some transfer fee. After a few disastrous years at Liverpool, the former Roma man does seem to be coming back to his best. He has been at Fiorentina since 2012, but he is reported to have cost the club under £ 1 million in transfer fees. This is because of his injury crisis at Liverpool, which forced the Premier League outfit to cut their losses on the player they had signed for around £ 20 million a few years ago. The 30-year-old has featured in 13 matches this season and has scored one goal.

“The situation is clear – my contract expires next June.My relationship with the club is good, with directors I’ve known for a long time. So there’s no war!We’ve begun the journey [to a renewal], and we’re talking about it. But there’s still no news because I’ve played a lot of matches this season, including with the national team and therefore there wasn’t much time to talk. I’m fine here, and the club knows that,” said Aquilani. Fiorentina are 10th in the table with just three wins from the opening 10 matches.