Players - Alberto Aquilani

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 (2012-15), Sporting Lisbon (2015-16), Pescara (2016-17), Sassuolo (loan 2017), Las Palmas (2017-18)
Bought from: AS Roma
Signed for LFC: £17.1m, 07.08.2009
International debut: 15.11.2006 vs. Turkey
International caps: 38/5 (10/1 at LFC) -18.11.2014
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
Games/assists ratio: 4.67
League games / goals / assists: 18 / 1 / 6
Total games / goals / assists: 28 / 2 / 6

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.

For perhaps the first time since his professional career started in 2002, Aquilani was able to have a relatively trouble-free season. He appeared in over three-quarters of Fiorentina's Serie A matches in 2013/14, scoring 6 times including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Genoa in January. Finishing the league season in fourth place ensured that the club from Florence would qualify for the Europa League in 2014/15. They also reached the final of the Coppa Italia, where they were beaten 3-1 by Napoli in Rome. Alberto also played 10 times in the Europa League as Fiorentina comfortably won Group E to progress to the knock-out stage of the competition where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by their fierce rivals Juventus in the Round of 16. He was an unused member of Italy's squad that was knocked out in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. The following season he helped Fiorentina to the semi-finals of the Europa League but in the summer he was released and he joined Sporting Lisbon on a three-year deal. In Portugal he did not get as much game time as he would have liked, making just five league starts and fourteen substitute appearances. Aquilani returned to Italy with Pescara in the summer of 2016, but after just six starts in the first half of the season was loaned to Sassuolo for the remainder of his year-long contract.

In August 2017 Aquilani signed a two-year deal with Las Palmas, but this was terminated in July 2018 following their relegation. After spending 2018/19 being unable to find a new club, Aquilani confirmed via Instagram on 1 July 2019 that he was retiring from playing. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 18 2 1 7 0 28
2009-2010 18 2 1 5 0 26
2010-2011 0 0 0 2 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 142 Reading
2 111 Rabotnicki
2 38 Arsenal
2 30 Wigan Athletic
2 17 Birmingham City
1 90 Portsmouth
1 90 Burnley
1 90 Atletico Madrid
1 85 Wolves
1 79 Tottenham
1 78 Aston Villa
1 77 Chelsea
1 76 Fiorentina
1 75 Unirea Urziceni
1 74 Hull City
1 65 Bolton Wanderers
1 65 Fulham
1 19 Sunderland
1 17 Manchester United
1 3 Manchester City
1 3 Stoke City
1 2 Benfica
1 0 Debrecen VSC
Total Started/substitutions
14 Started
11 On the bench
14 Substitute
11 Substituted
Total Venue
16 Home
12 Away
Total Competition
18 Premier League
5 Europa League
2 Champions League
2 FA Cup
1 League Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
26 12 7 7 46.2% Rafa Benítez
2 2 0 0 100% Roy Hodgson
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 0 1 0 2
2009-2010 1 0 0 1 0 2
2010-2011 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Opponent
1 Portsmouth
1 Atletico Madrid
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
1 Premier League
1 Europa League
Total Goal minute period
2 31-45 minutes
Total Goal origin
2 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 6 0 0 0 0 6
2009-2010 6 0 0 0 0 6
2010-2011 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Competition
6 Premier League
Total For player
2 Steven Gerrard
2 Dirk Kuyt
1 Fernando Torres
1 Maxi Rodriguez
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 28.10.2009 Arsenal Emirates Stadium League Cup
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 32 15.03.2010 Portsmouth Anfield League
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.

Class tells at the Emirates

Liverpool Echo report on Arsenal - Liverpool on 28.10.2009.

Totti exclusive: Aquilani can be world's best

Paul Hassall on 17 November 2009 at

Roma's Golden Boy Never Met the Hype

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

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

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Roma 2002-2003 Italy 1 1 0 2 0
Triestina 2003-2004 Italy 2 41 4 41 4
Roma 2004-2005 Italy 1 29 0 38 0
Roma 2005-2006 Italy 1 24 3 34 6
Roma 2006-2007 Italy 1 13 1 22 3
Roma 2007-2008 Italy 1 21 3 31 4
Roma 2008-2009 Italy 1 14 2 20 2
Juventus 2010-2011 Italy 1 33 2 34 2
AC Milan 2011-2012 Italy 1 23 1 31 1
Fiorentina 2012-2013 Italy 1 25 7 27 7
Fiorentina 2013-2014 Italy 1 31 6 44 7
Fiorentina 2014-2015 Italy 1 25 0 34 1
Sporting Lisbon 2015-2016 Portugal 1 19 3 32 5
Pescara 2016-2017 Italy 1 9 1 9 1
Sassuolo 2016-2017 Italy 1 16 0 16 0
Las Palmas 2017-2018 Spain 1 21 0 23 0
Total 345 33 438 43