Aquilani: ‘Roma can beat Liverpool’

Alberto Aquilani played for Liverpool, but trusts Roma can win tomorrow. “My dream was to have my whole career with the Giallorossi.”

The midfielder is currently at Las Palmas, but came through the Roma youth academy and was sold to Liverpool for €20m in 2009.

These two clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow evening, after a 5-2 first leg result at Anfield.

“Obviously, I’m supporting Roma,” Aquilani told Il Romanista.

“Although I knew the atmosphere of Anfield and how strong Jurgen Klopp’s side is, I didn’t expect Roma to concede five. Fortunately, they scored those two late on that left a small window of hope.

“It’s difficult, but not impossible. Roma can count on one factor that could prove to be decisive and that’s the Stadio Olimpico. If Anfield is able to fire up Liverpool, I can guarantee the Roma fans can do the same here. They really can be the extra weapon.

“This team can fight it out with everyone and already proved that in Europe, eliminating Real Madrid, beating Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona. They are on the verge of a dream and can take that final step.

“I was fortunate enough to work with Eusebio Di Francesco in the few months I had at Sassuolo. He is a Coach with clear ideas, looks after the details and has a style of football that I like. He’s done a great job with Roma.”

Aquilani looked back on his own history and confessed he was not at all enthusiastic about the idea of moving to Liverpool.

“My dream was to have my whole career with the Giallorossi, just like Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi. When they told me Liverpool were ready, I realised I simply wouldn’t have the chance to remain.

“In those years, there had already been offers to buy me. Juventus wanted me, then Inter, and Arsene Wenger wanted to take me to Arsenal. Those were bids that Roma never took into consideration.

“When they told me about the Liverpool offer, it was evident the club needed to sell.”

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