Aquilani Set For Loan Exit

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Liverpool's Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani looks set to leave the club on loan, probably to an Italian side, before the end of the transfer window according to Reds manager Roy Hodgson.

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Aquilani was signed last year by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for a fee of £20 million from Italian giants Roma to replace Xabi Alonso who headed to Real Madrid after five years on Merseyside.

Aquilani, who came up through the ranks at Roma, failed to settle at Liverpool though, not playing a single game through injury for the first two months of the season and then failing to break into the team on a regular basis for the remainder of the year.

The Italian was also left out of the squad for Liverpool's Europa League clash with Trabzonspor and new Liverpool boss Hodgson revealed that this was mainly due to the fact he did not want to scupper a deal that is currently being negotiated for the midfielder to go back to Serie A on loan.

The former Fulham manager admitted that he could not guarantee Aquilani a place in his team for every match, something he feels the 26 year old needs.

Hodgson said: "At the moment we are considering possibly loaning him to an Italian club, but nothing is sure about that yet so I don't have anything definite to report.

"I didn't want to use him (against Trabzonspor) just in case the loan goes through, because for Aquilani this year it's very important that he plays regular football, every week, as the number one man on the teamsheet.

"I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy could help him in that respect it might be good for all parties.

"It would certainly be what he needs, it would certainly protect the value of the player and when he does return to Liverpool no doubt we will see the Aquilani that we signed before he came here injured last year."

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