Responding to a piece in the Athletic by reliable Liverpool correspondent James Pearce, plenty of Liverpool fans have flocked to have their say over Rafa Benitez’ past decision to sign Alberto Aquilani as a successor to Xabi Alonso – branding it an ‘awful decision‘.
Aquilani, who signed for the Reds in the summer 2009, went on to play just 28 games for us, scoring two goals and assisting six others, before departing for Fiorentina in 2012 after a miserable three-year stay at Anfield.
Was Aquilani have thrived at Liverpool if it wasn't for injuries?
The Italian playmaker was loaned out to both Juventus and AC Milan during his brief Premier League tenure, with the now 35-year-old presumably yearning for a Serie A return at the time.
In response, plenty of Reds have flocked to lambaste the Spaniard for his decision to sign Aquilani – find all of their best comments down below.
Never a rafa signing him. Committee singing 100%
— Paul* #6 (@thesmigger) May 14, 2020
Loved Rafa but awful decision to try replace Xabi with Gareth Barry
— Mickey Harvey Oswald (@lfcfanatic1990) May 14, 2020
I love Rafa, but selling Xavi was the dumbest thing he did as a manager. That too, rating Gareth Barry over him? Madness.
— Ravlar (@Ravlar1) May 14, 2020
I’d never wanted anyone to succeed as much as Aquilani when we got him. He was injured just before he came to us but prior to that he was class for a good 8/9 months. Saw quite a lot of Italian footy at the time and was really excited. Such a waste of talent and injury plagued
— LFCMav⭐️JFT96 (@Koptin) May 14, 2020
Was dreadful, Jordan Rossiter had a better skillset than this man
— Jæmęß* (@chapmanxpr) May 14, 2020
He was faking injury the whole time, undetectable ones, can you remember the amount of times he had an upset stomach, it was the beginning of the end for Rafa, once Alonso went we were never the same, and to think he wanted to replace him with Gareth Barry
— 🔥6€UROS*🔥 (@BradHooper10) May 14, 2020
As bad as wanting Gareth Barry to replace xabi 😳
— Dale* 🔴🔥LFC 🔥🔴 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🔴 (@DaleLFC1983) May 14, 2020
The beginning of the end for Rafa when he let Alonso go. Awful decision
— Goody ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🔴 (@PG115) May 14, 2020