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Rafa Benitez today confirmed Alberto Aquilani is closing in on a first team debut.

 

Rafa: Aquilani is improving - Liverpool FC

 

The Italian international was scheduled to play for the reserves at Wigan last week but the match was postponed.

 

Despite being questioned for his lack of action so far, the Reds boss insists he is easing the player back to full fitness before giving him his chance.

 

"It's more simple than people think," said Benitez.

 

"He has been out for longer than we expected and, because he has been injured during the summer, he couldn't train properly.

 

"Now it is much better and it is a case of improving his match fitness.

 

"We want to play him and we thought we might have been able to do that with the reserves at Wigan.

 

"That was called off (last week) but we had some games at Melwood and he played 45 minutes against our reserves last week.

 

"We are trying to improve him as quick as we can.

 

"But when you have a player who is not fit, he is always going to need time to settle in to a game; if the game is tight and he makes mistakes, then you have a problem.

 

"We want to protect the player but, at the same time, we want to keep winning games; he understands that he needs to be a little bit fitter before he can play."

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Its okay that you want to protect him Rafa but we need a little quality right now.

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It will be ages till we see him my theory is that the deal for him was done on apps so the clowns are making Rafa not play him. Sounds stupid but i wouldnt put it past them twat's. I dont think we will see him propperly till Jan untill we sell someone.

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If we are winning by any comfortable margin (wishful thinking) then I'd say we''' see him at the 65 min mark on Sat. Failing that then he will defo start against Fiorentina. He'll be used to the pace of that game.

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Some theory that Si.

 

Well it makes sense.

The deal wasnt all upfront aswe know the value of the deal depends on apperences.

 

If he makes that ammount then we gotta pay up if we play him now then he plays so many then we have to pay and to be honest we are pretty fucked financialy as we all know so i cant see why not.

 

Personaly i think its what i said we cant afford to play him till we sell someone.

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Well it makes sense.

The deal wasnt all upfront aswe know the value of the deal depends on apperences.

 

If he makes that ammount then we gotta pay up if we play him now then he plays so many then we have to pay and to be honest we are pretty fucked financialy as we all know so i cant see why not.

 

Personaly i think its what i said we cant afford to play him till we sell someone.

 

We're running a real risk of missing out on the CL spots if we don't get consistent results, and not having Aquilani makes our chances of getting those results look less likely. The owners wouldn't fuck the CL money up just to prevent them having to pay a few installments to Roma. You've obviously been round at Kuyt's smoking too much skunk.

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This whole Aquilani thing beggars belief to me.

 

I hate to question Rafa ....but I will - How about starting the guy and seeing how he does then taking him off if and when hes knackered (60 minutes or so?) to see if he can contribute to matches rather than waiting till games are over then bringing him on as (alledgedly) he is not fit enough for the physical nature of the games.

 

V Arsenal he looked OK to me and that was over a month ago and this is an Italian international who has played in explosive games for his country as well as the Roma/Lazio derby - and they're telling me he is not OK to play V Blackburn Rovers. Imo clearly he should play on Saturday (from the start!!!) but we all know he won't. Playing him V Fiorentina - shocking. The more he does not play him the more pressure it puts on him when he eventually does play him in a game which matters.

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Rafa is right, the situation is clear, if Aquilani plays and looks shit then the pressure on Rafa grows. Simple.

 

So he's refusing to give him a chance to save his own skin?

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It will be ages till we see him my theory is that the deal for him was done on apps so the clowns are making Rafa not play him. Sounds stupid but i wouldnt put it past them twat's. I dont think we will see him propperly till Jan untill we sell someone.

 

Well it makes sense.

The deal wasnt all upfront aswe know the value of the deal depends on apperences.

 

If he makes that ammount then we gotta pay up if we play him now then he plays so many then we have to pay and to be honest we are pretty fucked financialy as we all know so i cant see why not.

 

Personaly i think its what i said we cant afford to play him till we sell someone.

 

 

Make your mind up, Si.

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I saw two gangs of fellas nearly come to blows at the match yesterday over Aquilani. It's easily the most bizarre transfer and subsequent handling if a player at any club I'm aware of and it's got people rightly annoyed

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Rafa bought Aquiliani to play a more expanisve game but no longer wishes to play the game he bought Aquiliani for and Aquaman not playing has absolutely nothing to do with his fitness, so why not just get Stevie operated on and play him in Stevies role, unfortunately its just another example of a manager who has lost the plot

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