I was against the Aquilani signing from the start. Buying a player a history of injuries - who was also injured at the time of purchase - made no sense at all, and seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.
Like many fans, my opposition had nothing to do with Aquilani's ability; he was and is a good player. However, Liverpool needed someone who could come in and take over from Alonso straight away, not three months down the line.
When Aquilani finally fought off his injury, he struggled to impose himself on the team, and Taiwo argues that he knew this would happen:
"I always thought he [Aquilani] might struggle at Liverpool. Given time and space, Alberto can kill teams with his passing, but in England everything is so quick and that didn’t give him time to pick out those passes. It’s like basketball in the Premier League. Italian football is much slower and that brings out the best in him.
To add insult to injury, Benitez rarely played Aquilani when he was actually fully fit, to the extent that 10 weeks after he returned to fitness, the Italian was still struggling to get into the team.
Benitez's transfer dealings in the summer of 2009 cost Liverpool a place in the Champions League, and the same thing has happened this year with Kenny's underwhelming signings.
It seems that many Liverpool fans would welcome the Italian back though; in a recent poll on this site, almost 70% of 4500 fans who took part voted YES to an Aquilani return.