Kenny hints at Aquilani return

Aquilani is currently on a season-long loan at Juventus and has

made over 30 appearances for the Bianconeri this term. Aquilani was

signed by Rafa Benitez in July 2009 for almost £20million from

Roma as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, who went to Real Madrid.

However, injuries blighted his season at Anfield and, despite

showing signs of promise towards the end of last term, Roy Hodgson

allowed the player to return to Italy. Although Juventus are still

looking at bringing Aquilani in on a permanent basis – with an

appropriate fee believed to have been settled upon his loan –

Dalglish insists the Italy midfielder could yet return to

Merseyside. “When people talk about next season, I’m surprised they

don’t give Alberto a mention,” the Scot told the club’s official

website.. “Everyone seems to have forgotten about him. “I know he

has done really well at Juventus this season. When the loan

finishes at the end of the season, he reverts back to being a

Liverpool player. “Nothing is cast in stone and he could be coming

back to play for Liverpool. He could be a valuable asset here next

season. He’s still our player. “He certainly didn’t have the best

of luck last season. “At times he did really well and at other

times he didn’t do quite so well but you can say that about most

players. What I do know is that he’s had a fantastic season at

Juventus.” Talks are still continuing over Dalglish earning a

permanent contract, but all indications are that a new contract

will be forthcoming. Owners Fenway Sports Group are also keen to

retain the services of coach Steve Clarke, who arrived two days

after Dalglish’s appointment to bolster the backroom staff, and the

club have been talking to the former Chelsea assistant for some

time about extending his deal. The players have spoken in support

of the work Clarke has done on the training ground and Dalglish

admits his fellow Scot had played a big role in the club’s revival.

“We both came in at the same time and he has been really

influential in what has gone on,” said Dalglish. “But it is not a

one-man band, everyone chips in to make a huge contribution to

results.” Regarding his contract, Dalglish simply said: “We’ve said

before, when there’s something to tell you we’ll tell you – there’s

nothing to be said.”