Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he is happy to welcome Alberto Aquilani back to Anfield if AC Milan do not want to make his loan spell permanent.
The Italian joined Liverpool
for £20million from Roma in 2009, and made 18 appearances for the club, before being loaned out to Italy for two seasons - Juventus last season and AC Milan this season - to regain match fitness following the departure of Rafa Benitez.
The Italian giants will be committed to signing the midfielder for £6million if he plays 25 matches this season.
He has currently made 22 appearances for the Serie A outfit and needs only three appearances in the next four fixtures to activate the clause.
"I haven't had any discussions with Milan," Dalglish said. "I haven't been looking at how many matches he's played. He still might play another three so we will wait and see."
Aquilani would prefer to secure a permanent deal with Milan, however, with the midfielder being restricted to appearances from the bench in recent matches; it looks increasing unlikely that the Italian side will trigger the clause to sign him long term.
"If they don't activate the clause then Alberto will be coming back here because he's our player," added the Liverpool
"If Milan don't want him it's disappointing for the boy but we'll have him. It's not a problem."