Aquilani signing excites Benitez

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed how he hopes for big things from impending signing Alberto Aquilani, should he settle into English football quickly.

The Italian midfielder is expected to undergo a medical on Merseyside on Thursday before completing a £18million move from Roma.

And Benitez has told fans that they can expect some exciting football from the 25 year old Italy international.

“Roma have allowed us to talk with him, so that’s good and positive. He is a player with the quality we are looking for,” said Benitez.

“He can play a little bit higher than Javier Mascherano – maybe between him and Steven Gerrard.

“He has good passing – the final ball is good – and he also works. If he can settle down properly in England he can be a very good addition.

“I think the signing should excite the fans. He won the U19 European Championship with his country, and U21 too. He has some trophies – including the Italian Cup.

“I always remember one game – England versus Italy U21s at Wembley, and he was man of the match in a 3-0 win.”