Aquilani to start against Fiorentina

on 05.12.2009

Alberto Aquilani was an unused sub again today as Liverpool drew 0-0 at Blackburn, but the Italian is set to make his full Liverpool debut against Fiorentina on Wedneday.

ALBERTO AQUILANI has had to get used to life on the bench in his short Liverpool career so far! (Photo from fOTOGLIF)

Rafa Benitez explained he is reluctant to break up the current midfield trio of Lucas, Mascherano and Gerrard, especially against a “tough” side like Blackburn, “With Gerrard, Lucas and Mascherano we now have balance in the midfield.” Most Liverpool fans would disagree with that claim though and cannot wait to see some imagination and creativity return to the centre of the team since the loss of Xabi Alonso in the summer.

The fans should get their first glimpse of Aquilani at Anfield on Wednesday though. “Maybe we will start with Aquilani in our next match because today was a very difficult and tough game,” Benitez told his post-match press conference. “But against Fiorentina maybe he will start.”

He added “He is a player who needs to settle down. We are watching him in every training session and he is improving and doing well.

“He can only get match fitness by playing. We were hoping to play him in the reserves the other day but the game was postponed, so we have to carry on and then he will have a chance against Fiorentina.”

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