Aquilani back to his best at Juventus

Published Dec. 21, 2010 2:37 p.m. ET

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani says he is back to his best since returning to Serie A with Juventus.

Aquilani, on loan from Liverpool, has been good enough to earn a recall for Italy in last month's friendly against Romania.

"I'm feeling fine and the injuries are behind me," Aquilani told Tuesday's edition of Corriere dello Sport. "I have had some difficult moments, but with hard work I have overcome them.

"I'm playing in a system with two central midfielders. If one goes forward, the other stays back to keep the team's shape. At Liverpool it was different. Often I was played further forward, behind the striker."

Juventus is fourth in the Serie A, six points behind league leader AC Milan.

Aquilani was part of a host of signings new coach Luigi Delneri made in a bid to return Juventus to the Champions League after finishing seventh last season.

Milos Krasic, Simone Pepe, Fabio Quagliarella and Leonardo Bonucci also arrived at Turin's Olympic Stadium in the close season and the team is now on a 13 match unbeaten run.


"Del Neri is an excellent coach, prepares us well and has created an excellent team spirit," Aquilani said. "It hasn't taken us long to become united as a squad and I believe this will help us enormously."

During his one season at Anfield Aquilani scored two goals in 28 appearances.

"It was a huge experience for my personal and professional development," he said. "I arrived at Liverpool with a serious calf problem, but the team let me get be better without hurrying me.

"After I got better I thought I had a good season. I was ready for the new season, but then the offer from Juventus came along."