Like seeing your wife with another man:
If you want to know why Liverpool are in the bottom half of the Premier League table, rather than challenging for the top 4, the story of how Liverpool have handled their own player, Alberto Aquilani, represents all that has been wrong with the club.
There is no joined-up thinking in buying an expensive, injured player, nursing him back to health and getting him up-to-speed for the Premier League, all the while whilst paying his wages and then loaning him back to his own country with a pre-agreement that Juventus can buy him for (I believe) £13m.
What a joke way Liverpool Football Club has been run in the last few years.
For Hodgson not to have even taken a look at the player before requesting (or, at best, not fighting the decision) that Aquilani be let go from the 2010-11 squad is idiocy pure and simple. To have then added £5m to Juventus’ coffers in buying Christian Poulsen defies belief.
As for Alberto, if he does well at Juventus and they decide to buy him, we lose between £6m-£10m on the deal. If Aquilani doesn’t do well at Juventus and they decide they “can’t afford him”, Liverpool get back a player deemed not good enough for Juventus, probably unhappy at being forced to come back to England, almost certainly seriously lacking in confidence and with his sell-on transfer value severely diminished.
Either way Liverpool lose a great deal of money on the deal and have wasted at least 1 year on a player who played a handful of games for the club.
Now Aquilani is playing as one of Juventus’ best players so far this season, to not be able to recall him or refuse lowball offers (like £13m) for him is utterly galling.
Many thanks Christian Purslow and Roy Hodgson. You both have a lot to answer for.
By Jonathan Leese – Liverpool fan