Serie A giants told to buy Liverpool ace

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On loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has told current club Juventus they should buy his Anfield team-mate Glen Johnson.

Aquillani - who made a surprise loan move to Juve in the summer after joining Liverpool for £20 million in 2009 - believes Johnson would fit in well at Stadio Olimpico di Torino and admits he would love to link up with the Liverpool defender once more.

"What former Liverpool team-mate would I bring to Juventus? I wouldn't want to offend some of my friends, but from Liverpool I would take Glen Johnson," Aquilani told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Johnson's future at Anfield has been in doubt since Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson publicly criticised the England full-back after the Reds lost to Stoke.

Hodgson's comments prompted the 26-year-old to reportedly register his displeasure at the manager's tactics; fuelling speculation that the ex-Chelsea man could be on his way out of Anfield.

However, Hodgson has today moved to quash rumours that he and Johnson have fallen out.

"Once again we're talking storms in tea cups and people trying to make something out of nothing," he told the official Liverpool website.

"My relationship with Johnson has been very good since I came to the club, and he's always played in the team when he's fit.

"As far as I'm concerned he's the Liverpool right-back and the England right-back and we're very happy to welcome him back into the team now that he's fit again."

Johnson has recovered from a knock and will be available tomorrow as Liverpool take on West Ham at Anfield.

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