Defender tips Aquilani to adjust to Premier League quickly

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Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena says his international teammate Alberto Aquilani will adapt to the English game very quickly when he makes his long-awaited debut for the Reds.

Aquilani was signed from Roma for £18million but a major ankle injury has delayed the start of his Liverpool career, but it is thought he will now make his return in the Reds’ Carling Cup tie with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of October.

And Dossena says the fellow Italian will have no problem switching from the style of the Serie A to Premier League.

“He has the quality to adapt because he is very clever,” Dossena told the club’s official web site.

“He understands the football here and knows how to make the right decision on the ball quickly.

“When you’re in a match in England, you don’t have a lot of time on the ball. You have to think before the ball comes to you.

“In Italy you have a few seconds to think and look up, but here you only have a second and then have to play the ball because you’ll have two or three opponents closing you down.

“But Alberto is very excited about playing for Liverpool and he wants to experience a new kind of football.

“He is a great player. I can’t wait to see him in the Premier League.”

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