Italian playmaker Alberto Aquilani will play for Liverpool next season, according to the player's agent.

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Juventus after a first season a Anfield which was dominated by injury and lack of form.

And after a move to the Serie A giants broke down, Aquilani is expected to return to the Premier League with Liverpool.

Franco Zavaglia said to "Right now I firmly believe that Aquilani will play at Liverpool next season."


"The chances of seeing Alberto in the Italian league next season are very low at this point in time."

The news will be welcomed by manager Kenny Dalglish, who claimed that having the Juve man back would be like having a new signing.

"There's a distinct possibility he could be back here. He's a quality player," he said.

"He got off to a bad start here with his injuries and never really got going after missing preseason.

"He went out on loan and has done very well over there. If he was to come back here, for me that would be like a new face coming in."

Liverpool are expected to add Stewart Downing to their midfielder after a bid was excepted by Aston Villa on Wednesday, and will join fellow new signing Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam in a packing Reds midfield.

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