Kenny hints at Aquilani return

BY foxsports • April 21, 2011

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists it is far from "cast in stone" that Alberto Aquilani will join Juventus on a permanent basis this summer.

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."

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