Alberto Aquilani, Liverpool’s flop, has spoken out about his time at Anfield and the one big mistake that he regrets.
Aquilani signed for the club in the summer of 2009 from Roma for a fee worth £18million but would go on to make just 28 appearances for the Reds.
He went back to Italy on loan for spells with Juventus and AC Milan before being sold to Fiorentina in 2012 for just £1.8million.
Aquilani, 34 years old, has retired as a football player and is now a coach.
Aquilani, reflecting on his time at Anfield told the Liverpool Echo: “I was on a big contract at Liverpool. Perhaps I could have stayed, and not played next season. It’s okay.
“But I’d never do that there. I tried to find a solution that was good for me and for the club. Always.
“Some players have a big contract and they stay and just run around the training pitch but for me that was no good. [Damien] Comolli and the people who were working there can tell you that.
“Milan then came in and don’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.
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“They spent a lot of money but I didn’t do too much. It’s frustrating but it’s the reality and I can do nothing about it.”
Aquilani had been signed by Rafael Benitez. However, Aquilani was under a different manager during his second season at Liverpool. Benitez left the club in which he was replaced by Roy Hodgson.
Aquilani was only two times under Hodgson’s watch before being loaned out to another club.
“First game against Arsenal, bench. Another game, perhaps a Europa League match, bench. He concluded.
“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’s playing.
“Late in the market I left. Maybe it was a mistake.”