Liverpool midfielder has sights set on Anfield exit

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Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani hopes to stay with Juventus, rather than return to Merseyside at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old midfielder is currently on loan with the Italian giants until May and Juve retain an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

Aquilani cost Liverpool almost £20 million when he signed from AS Roma last summer, but a string of injuries saw him restricted to a handful of games during his debut season

A new campaign offered fresh hope for the Italy international at Anfield, but his immediate future was thrown into doubt after the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new Liverpool boss.

However, shortly after Aquilani was loaned out, Hodgson commented that he intended to bring the Italy international back to Liverpool in the summer.

"For Aquilani, this year it is very important that he plays regular football every week as the number one man on the team sheet," said Hodgson.

"I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy could help him in that respect it might be good for all parties.

"It would certainly be what he needs, it would certainly protect the value of the player and when he does return to Liverpool no doubt we will see the Aquilani that we signed before he came here injured last year."

But, after rediscovering somewhere close to his best form with the Bianconeri this season under Luigi Delneri, Aquilani has hinted he has his sights set on a long stay in Turin.

“I’m feeling fine and the injuries are behind me,” Aquilani told the Liverpool Echo. “I have had some difficult moments but with hard work and the help of those who love me I have overcome them.

“Delneri is an excellent coach, prepares us well and has created an excellent team spirit.

“It hasn’t taken us long to become united as a squad and I believe this will help us enormously.

“If Delneri talks about winning the title then there is a reason. We are going through a good period and have to consolidate this week after week."

Should Juventus take up their option to buy Aquilani next year, Liverpool are understood to be willing to entertain an offer of around £13 million for his services.

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