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Aquilani has a difficult time during his short at Anfield. (©GettyImages)
Aquilani has a difficult time during his short at Anfield. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool should recall midfielder Alberto Aquilani from his loan spell with AC Milan to replace the injured Lucas Leiva, according to a survey of Reds fans carried out by GiveMeFootball.

The Brazilian has been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the Carling Cup against Chelsea.

Such has been the importance of Lucas to the side, debate has since raged over who will replace the 24-year-old for the remainder of the season.

Despite scoring just twice in his first and only full season at the club since moving from Roma, 59 percent of Reds fans have voted in favour of recalling Aquilani from his loan spell at in Italy.

Following an injury-hit debut season at Anfield, in which the Italian made only 26 appearances, Aquliani spent last season on loan at Juventus, before moving to the Rossoneri during the current campaign.

Liverpool's inability to agree a sale for Aquilani that would see them recoup a large sum of the £20 million shelled out for him in the summer of 2009 means the 27-year-old has yet to be offloaded on a permanent basis.

Securing a long-term switch to the Serie A side is dependent on Aquilani playing 25 times for Milan this season, but having only participated in 16 thus far, neither club are likely to want to break the deal.

However, supporters on Merseyside have clearly seen enough of the loanee to suggest he can fill a crucial role in Kenny Dalglish's side

Jay Spearing would provide the low cost option for the club, but after making just five appearances this season, scooped just 20 percent of the

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