Thursday, 6 August 2009

Rafa: Aquilani will excite the fans

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has spoken with delight at the impending arrival of midfielder Alberto Aquilani. The Italian who won player of the tournament at the European Under-19 championship in 2003 will arrive for his medical imminently and the Reds boss is overjoyed with his capture.

“Alberto is a player with the quality we are looking for," reports the Echo.

“He can play a little bit higher than Javier Mascherano – maybe between him and Steven Gerrard. He has good passing – the final ball is good – and he works."

“If he can settle down properly in England he can be a very good addition. Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League. He has long been recognised as a top class talent."

"The signing should excite the fans. He won the Under-19 European Championship with his country, and Under-21 too. He has some trophies – including the Italian Cup."

"I always remember one game – England versus Italy Under-21s at Wembley, and he was man of the match in a 3-0 win."

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