ALBERTO AQUILANI is determined to stay at Anfield and force his way into Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
The 28-year-old midfielder insists he isn’t interested in a return to Italy this summer as he wants to prove he can be a success in the Premier League.
Aquilani struggled to adapt following his £18million arrival from Roma three years ago. After an injury-plagued first year with the Reds he was sent on loan to Juventus and he then spent last term at AC Milan.
However, he’s now back with Liverpool on their tour of North America and eager to impress the new manager.
“I had a very good talk with Brendan where we were able to share our thoughts and it was very positive,” said Aquilani.
“I like his footballing philosophy and I like the mentality he has because it matches my own skills.”
Bought by Rafa Benitez, Aquilani was deemed surplus to requirements after the Spaniard’s departure by both Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.
“The situation changed after Benitez left,” he added.
“How can you pay so much money for a player and this player is never taken into consideration?
“In past years I felt forced out. I never asked to go on loan but they made it clear it was better for me to go.
“I think Liverpool people have to know that I have never said I wanted to leave the city because my family and I were not happy here. This is not true. I cannot say I have unfinished business in English football because I really never played but the little I did I believe I was able to show to Liverpool fans that I have quality and that I could have helped the team.
“I would like to play for Liverpool but it doesn’t depend only on me.”