Player profile

Alberto Aquilani

Birthdate: 7 July 1984
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Other clubs: AS Roma (1999-2009), Triestina (loan 2003-04), Juventus (loan 2010-11), AC Milan (loan 2011-12), Fiorentina (2012-)
Bought from: AS Roma
Signed for LFC: £17.1m, 07.08.2009
International debut: 15.11.2006 vs. Turkey
International caps: 33/5 (10/1 at LFC) - 15.10.2013
Liverpool debut: 28.10.2009
Last appearance: 05.08.2010
Debut goal: 15.03.2010
Last goal: 29.04.2010
Contract expiry: 03.08.2012
Win ratio: 50% W: 14 D: 7 L: 7
LFC league games/goals: 18 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 28 / 2

Player profile

Twenty-five-year-old Aquilani arrived at Anfield early in August 2009 in the wake of Xabi Alonso's transfer to Real Madrid. The medical was passed despite the young Italian not having played in a competitive match since 11 March 2009 because of an ankle injury. At the time of his move to Liverpool, Aquilani had made 102 Serie A appearances for the Romans, scoring five goals. Aquilani was born in Rome and joined his hometown club in 2002. Although he was given his debut by Fabio Capello in May 2003, later in the same year he was loaned to Serie B club Triestina and scored four goals in 41 appearances for them before returning to Rome, where he began to make a big impact. Aquilani soon came to the attention of his national coaches. He was a regular during the 2007 Under-21 Championship held in the Netherlands where he scored two goals and was named in the "UEFA Team of the Tournament". He was given his full international debut against Turkey in November 2006 and was in the Italian squad that competed in the finals of the European Championships during the summer of 2008. Aquilani made a brief substitute appearance when Italy beat France 2-0 in the final game of their group scraping through to the final 16. He was in the starting line-up against eventual European champions Spain due to Andrea Pirlo's suspension. The game finished 0-0, with Spain knocking Italy out 4-2 after penalties. By the time Aquilani signed for Liverpool, he had eleven full caps and had scored two goals.

The Italian was given the number 4 shirt vacated by Sami Hyypia when he moved to Leverkusen, but had to wait patiently while his new colleagues made a stuttering start to the 2009/10 campaign. Eventually Liverpool supporters saw Aquilani in a first-team match when he made a 15-minute substitute appearance at Arsenal in the League Cup. He impressed enough to be given two further matches as a substitute in November before finally making his long-awaited full debut in a meaningless home game against Fiorentina in December. After that he had to be satisfied with being in the matchday squad rather than actually starting a game. Aquilani scored his first Liverpool goal when Portsmouth visited Anfield in the middle of March. A second and more important goal also came at the Kop end in April as his precise finish gave the team the equaliser on aggregate against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final. Considering he didn't play his first match until the end of October, a total of 18 Premier League and eight cup appearances was probably as much as he could have expected. He had six assists to his name in the Premier League, ranked 20th-27th, one below Gerrard's seven assists, which is quite an accomplishment given the number of minutes he played in his sole season in England.

It soon became apparent in Liverpool's headquarters, at least, that Aquilani's fortunes would be better served in his homeland. He spent the whole of the 2010/11 season on loan at Juventus, playing in 32 of the 38 Serie A fixtures and in the following campaign failed to impress AC Milan sufficiently for them to buy him outright in the summer of 2012. If he had been at these clubs in reverse he might have had two Italian Championship medals by now as AC Milan were champions in 2011 and Juventus in 2012. After being bought at a great cost in transfer fees and salaries Aquilani was sold for a huge financial loss to Fiorentina in August 2012. Aquilani's first season in Florence was successful in that he played in twenty-five of the thirty-eight Serie A matches, scoring seven times. Fiorentina finished the season in fourth place, which was good enough to earn qualification for the play-off round of the Europa League.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals18217028
2009-2010 18215026
2010-2011 000202

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
2Arsenal
2Birmingham City
2Wigan Athletic
2Reading
2Rabotnicki
1Debrecen VSC
1Fiorentina
1Unirea Urziceni
1Atletico Madrid
1Fulham
1Tottenham
1Benfica
1Hull City
1Stoke City
1Portsmouth
1Sunderland
1Aston Villa
1Manchester United
1Chelsea
1Manchester City
1Wolves
1Bolton Wanderers
1Burnley
Total Started/substitutions
14 Started
11 On the bench
14 Substitute
11 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals100102
2009-2010 100102
2010-2011 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
2Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
1Premier League
1Europa League
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
231-45 minutes
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
128.10.2009ArsenalEmirates StadiumLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
13215.03.2010PortsmouthAnfieldLeague

Related Articles

Alberto Aquilani’s chances of succeeding at Liverpool FC appear to be on the wane

By Dominic King on 21 August 2010 in the Liverpool Echo.More

Class tells at the Emirates

Liverpool Echo report on Arsenal - Liverpool on 28.10.2009.More

Totti exclusive: Aquilani can be world's best

Paul Hassall on 17 November 2009 at Liverpoolfc.tv.More

Roma's Golden Boy Never Met the Hype

Alberto Aquilani Off to Liverpool by Danny Penza of Bleacher Report. Written on August 06, 2009 More

Related Quotes

“When I first came to Roma, I didn’t know a thing about Aquilani. I knew all about Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Philippe Mexes, of course, but Aquilani was the player who surprised me the most in my first months with what he could do. He’s really good on the ball, with good passing, good movement, he works hard and is a good professional. He likes to have the ball at his feet but not because he likes to dribble, he just wants to keep the team moving. He never stands still, he’s always on the run. He certainly runs more than Xabi and is probably more dangerous in terms of getting in the box and trying to score goals. When I came to Rome he was my neighbour and helped me out a lot. He’s a good friend. Liverpool will be getting a very good player.”

John Arne Riise on Alberto Aquilani

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2009-2010 4 Midfielder
2010-2011 4 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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