Liverpool fans are a patient bunch. Patient in that any new player who wears the Liverbird on his chest will be given a chance to prove himself until a verdict is reached. Even the likes of Nicky Tanner, Paul Stewart and Istvan Kozma were offered a period of grace until they turned out to be quite below the standard required. Players who never really distinguished themselves at Anfield, still receive a warm reception when they return to the hallowed turf. Unless your name happens to be Michael Owen. One player who is still benefiting from the patience of the Kop is Alberto Aquilani. Another insipid display was ended in substitution against Fulham, but Anfield rose to their feet in acclaim. To say that things have not gone to plan for the former Roma star in England would surely be a candidate for understatement of the season.
Alberto Aquilani’s transfer to Liverpool from Roma was completed with the minimum of fuss, which is highly unusual for a transfer involving Liverpool considering the unsuccessful Gareth Barry saga of last summer, and this year’s Xabi Alonso blockbuster. The Italian has signed a five year deal, and the thing that will worry the Anfield faithful is that in his last five seasons at Roma, he has started a miserly 60 Serie A games. His ability is not in question, but his injury record leaves a lot to be desired. The midfielder will not appear until mid-September at the very earliest. But Liverpool have a very frustrating habit of employing players that seem to succumb to injury on a regular basis. Here are some examples from the years gone by: