Thursday, October 22, 2009

Premier League News: Alberto Aquilani Makes 15-Mins Debut in Liverpool Reserves Win

Alberto Aquilani's recuperation continues with a 15 minute reserve match run-out against Sunderland reserves last night. Here is a short video from highlighting the Italian's eye for a pass, vision and close control.

Aquilani has the makings of a very good playmaker, in an advanced midfield role. This should enable Steven Gerrard to drop back into midfield to partner Mascherano. Lucas goes back to the bench, to everyone's relief. This should give the Liverpool midfield better balance, more creativity and fluency in attack.

Aquilani's first team Liverpool debut is targeted for the Carling Cup fourth round against Arsenal on the 28th October. Looks like that plan is on track. Perhaps Rafa Benitez may even name him on the substitute bench this Sunday against Manchester United. I doubt if Rafa has any better options.

Could Aquilani be that missing link to bring the positive optimism back into Liverpool's season and soften the blow of Alonso's departure? Otherwise the only thing of beauty left would be Alberto's fiance, actress Michela Quattrociocche.

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