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Alberto Aquilani admits that his time at Liverpool was ‘frustrating’ but the loan from Juventus was a ‘MISTAKE’

Alberto Aquilani admits his nightmare with Liverpool was’ frustrating ‘… but the £ 20 million failure insists that leaving for Juventus on loan after just one season was a’ MISTAKE ‘because he hates to be remembered’ as a bad player ‘

  • Alberto Aquilani signed for Liverpool from Rome in 2009 with Rafa Benítez
  • The midfielder fell out of favor with Benítez’s successor, Roy Hodgson
  • The Italian moved on loan to Juventus in his second season with Liverpool
  • Aquilani completed a loan at AC Milan before moving to Fiorentina in 2012


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Alberto Aquilani has opened up to his ‘frustrating’ spell at Liverpool and why his decision to go on loan was a mistake.

Aquilani, 37, came to Anfield from Rome for £ 20m in the summer of 2009, but the Italian left three years later as one of the Reds’ biggest failures of the modern era.

The midfielder made just 28 appearances during the two seasons he spent with the Reds’ first team and after Roy Hodgson turned him down, he sought assignments at Juventus and AC Milan.

Alberto Aquilani (center) has opened up to his 'frustrating' time at Liverpool from 2009-2012

Alberto Aquilani (center) has opened up to his ‘frustrating’ time at Liverpool from 2009-2012

Current Everton manager Rafa Benítez signed Aquilani in August 2009 and the Spaniard assured the midfielder that he would figure in his plans because he had signed him “not for five months or five days, (but) for five years.”

Aquilani impressed in his first season at Anfield and even scored in the Reds’ Europa League semi-final against Atlético de Madrid.

But Benitez left the club at the end of Aquilani’s first season in Merseyside, and his successor Hodgson made it clear that the Italian had fallen into the pecking order.

Hodgson reportedly told Aquilani that he preferred Joe Cole at his position and selected him for just two games in the early stages of the 2010-11 season before sending him on loan to Juve.

The Italian was signed by Rafa Benítez (center) but the Spanish left at the end of that season

The Italian was signed by Rafa Benítez (center) but the Spanish left at the end of that season

The Italian was signed by Rafa Benítez (center) but the Spanish left at the end of that season

Benítez's successor, Roy Hodgson (second from right) preferred new signing Joe Cole (right)

Benítez's successor, Roy Hodgson (second from right) preferred new signing Joe Cole (right)

Benítez’s successor, Roy Hodgson (second from right) preferred new signing Joe Cole (right)

Aquilani has now revealed that he is frustrated that Liverpool fans will always remember him as a failure.

“ I had a great contract with Liverpool, ” he told the Echo of Liverpool. Maybe I could have stayed and not play next year. No problem. But I would never do that there. I tried to find a solution that was good for me and for the club. Always.

“Some players have a great contract and they stay and just run around the training field, but for me that was not good. Comolli and the people who worked there can tell you.

Then Milan came in and it didn’t pay too much. No problem, I go because I want to play. It’s frustrating because now they remember me as a bad player.

Aquilani was loaned out in his second season and is frustrated because he is remembered as a failure.

Aquilani was loaned out in his second season and is frustrated because he is remembered as a failure.

Aquilani was loaned out in his second season and is frustrated because he is remembered as a failure.

“They spent a lot of money but I didn’t do much. It’s frustrating, but it’s reality and I can’t do anything about it. ‘

Aquilani’s two outings with Hodgson were the last in the Liverpool shirt, as he followed his loan out at Juve with another at AC Milan, before finally moving to Fiorentina in 2012.

Despite becoming a regular for the Old Lady, making 34 appearances away from Anfield in the 2010-11 season, Aquilani has revealed that the loan to Turin was a mistake.

He explained the motivation behind the play, saying: ‘First game against Arsenal, bench. Another game, maybe a Europa League game, on the bench. Okay, I have to go because I want to play. I want to play and work hard. I want to play because the most important thing for me is not money, it is to play.

‘At the end of the market I left. Maybe it was a mistake. ‘

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