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The Alberto Aquilani Question 2.0: The Rumors, Speculation and Debate Continue

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(Bleacher Report) Back in March one of my first articles on Bleacher Report entitled, The Aquilani Question, took this same topic to task. However, since then there has been even more to discuss, and debate when talking about the possible future for, “El Principo.”

As the possibility of a return to Juventus faded with the Turin club not willing to spend the money to buy the Roman outright from the Reds, he returned to Merseyside looking to prove a point, that he was better than many ever gave him credit for.

When he was purchased by Rafael Benitez he was believed to be the new Xabi Alonso, but seriously there is only one Alonso. The unfair expectations placed on him made him appear to many as not good enough, when in fact he had many masterful performances for the Reds.

Despite it all, when Roy Hodgson came in he loaned the player out, which baffled me and most likely many other fans, as his strong second half made me believe he would be a factor in the Reds run last season. But, the former Fulham manager apparently figured he would rather have wage room for Paul Konchesky.

The Italian return for Aquilani showed him return to full fitness, and he has continued to prove that since arriving back with the Reds. He impressed with an electric second half performance last weekend against the Malaysian XI when he provided three assists and made multiple key passes.

Even though many say preseason does not matter, the Italian is making a case for his value, and the Reds honestly could use his creativity in places this season, and in the future. There is a plethora of midfield combinations now for Liverpool with Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles, Maxi Rodriguez, Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson.

Recent reports unfortunately are again linking the midfielder with an exit back to Italy on loan once more with him under contract at Anfield until 2014. Fiorentina look to attempt a loan move for the player, and Valon Behrami is hopeful that Aquilani could bring back the excitement of the fans in Florence if he makes the move. However, the players agent has dismissed it as impractical according to Inside Futebol. It also appears as such because the player would most likely have to take a pay cut.

His move away from Anfield also seems impractical as his new owner, John W. Henry, has recently expressed his belief in the Italian on his twitter account when he tweeted this: “One missing link last year: Acquilani (sic).”

In all honesty I feel that I am inclined to tell Daily Mail reportedĀ Dan Ripley that yes indeed, Alberto Aquilani can resurrect his Liverpool career if given the chance this coming season.

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About thomasatzenhoffer

Thomas is a freelance sports writer and blogger from Greenville, South Carolina. He maintains The Daily Atz on Facebook, and you can follow him on twitter@thedailyatz for news from Liverpool FC, and the world of soccer. He is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist on Liverpool FC and World Football and publishes daily throughout the week on rumors, speculation, match previews, analysis, and special interest pieces. His education and life experiences have helped him to get to where he is today, along with his amazingly supportive fiance. Thomas holds a bachelors of science in both History and Entrepreneurial Business from Western Carolina University. Adding to his writing topics and experience he has also consulted on many green energy and business development projects, and writes articles for the HVAC, alternative energy and business fields.

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