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The tale of two talismans


Aquilani wants to 'make mark' at Anfield

Alberto Aquilani insists there is no desperation on his part to leave Liverpool, admitting he would "love to make a mark" at Anfield this season.

Aquilani's big-money switch from Roma to Liverpool has failed to produce rewards so far, with the Italy international making less than 10 starts in his debut season. Earmarked as the replacement for Xabi Alonso, Aquilani fell a distance short of previous standards set by the Real Madrid man.

However, a year on loan at Juventus has revitalised the 27-year-old. Voted by many as Juventus' player of the season, Aquilani naturally wanted to stay where his football was succeeding, but a deal could not be negotiated.

Since then the creative midfielder has enjoyed an excellent pre-season, creating several goals for his Liverpool colleagues, suggesting he may have a future under the passing ethos of Kenny Dalglish. Speculation continues that Aquilani will leave, with Fiorentina strongly linked, but the Italian insists he will knuckle down if he remains at Liverpool.

"I'd love to make my mark at Liverpool. The transfer market is open until August 31, so we'll see what happens," Aquilani said. "All I can say is that there has been a lot of talk. Obviously I would take the offer of a permanent move into consideration with Liverpool.

"I wasn't following the Italian media much over the summer, but whatever happens I am at a great club like Liverpool."

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