Alberto Aquilani Says Liverpool Are Missing The Presence Of Van Dijk

Former Liverpool player Alberto Aquilani has insisted that one of the many reasons for the Reds' poor form this season has been due to the fact that they miss the presence of captain and key player Virgil van Dijk. The Netherlands international defender has not played for the club since picking up a knee injury earlier in the season against Liverpool after getting involved in a collision with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.


Ex-Italian international midfielder Alberto Aquilani believes that he's a forgotten man amongst the Liverpool faithfuls and that it could have been different if not for Uruguayan football legend Diego Forlan, a former striker at Manchester United.

Alberto Aquilani talked about his time at Liverpool in an exclusive interview with The Guardian. According to him, his Liverpool career would have changed for the better if not for the goal from Diego Forlan.Alberto Aquilani joined Liverpool from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma in a £17.1m deal in the summer of 2009. Alberto Aquilani was signed as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, who had left for Spanish giants Real Madrid. Spanish international Xabi Alonso joined Real Madrid from Liverpool in the summer of 2009 and then Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez placed his faith in a certain Alberto Aquilani in his quest to replace the quality of a player like Alberto Aquilani.


Many Liverpool fans won't remember Roberto Aquilani played for the club given how much of no impact he made at the club when he joined under Rafael Benitez. The midfielder joined the Anfield Club with high expectations both from fans back then and the manager who recruited him but things did not go quite as planned and it was a rather unfortunate scenario for both the club and the player.

He was signed for a then-hefty fee of £18 million but failed to justify why such an amount was paid to acquire his services. Let's take a look at the five reasons why he failed in England.


When Liverpool were confirmed to have been interested in signing Roberto Aquilani from Italy eleven years ago, the Reds fans were in a jubilant mood and thought they were getting a top, top player on their hands.

The former player was also in very high spirits when he heard Liverpool were interested in him, as he confirmed in an interview back then that he would be glad to play for the Anfield club.


Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen could leave the Italian Serie A giants after one year. This is according to several media reports emanating from the Italian football scene.
Danish international Eriksen left North London club Tottenham Hotspur to join the Nerazzuri in January 2020. Inter Milan paid €20m to sign the ex-Ajax Amsterdam playmaker. He has not the expected heights since joining Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

Christian Eriksen didn't feature in any of the last two Inter Milan games despite being fit and this has heightened rumours of a move away from the club. According to renowned Italian football transfer news expert Fabrizio Romano, there's huge possibility that the player will leave Inter Milan when the transfer market opens again in the coming weeks.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opens the door for permanent AS Roma move

Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said that he is open to the prospect of signing a permanent deal with AS Roma at the end of the season. The Armenia international joined the Giallorossi on a season-long loan from the Gunners in September last year and he has since endured a frustrating campaign hampered by injuries.

Mkhitaryan urges Arsenal to sanction his sale to Roma

Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly told Arsenal that he would prefer to leave the Gunners on a permanent basis when the transfer window reopens during the summer. The 31-year-old is currently on a season-long loan with AS Roma where he has caught the eye with six goals and four assists from 17 appearances this term.

Aleksandar Kolarov has no plans of retirement in the near future

AS Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov has clearly stated that he has no plans of retirement in the near future. The Serbian has been with the Giallorossi for the past three seasons and during this period, he has been a regular presence on the left side of the backline and has also managed to provide an attacking threat with impressive freekicks.

Speaking to reporters, Kolarov said that he is pleased with the Giallorossi’s current form and appreciated the efforts of Paulo Fonseca in transforming the club’s fortunes. He added that he has no plans of stepping down from the game at the moment and could prolong his career for another four years at the least.