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Gary Lineker: Alberto Aquilani Is 'Worst Buy Of The Season'

By James Daly

Former England star Gary Lineker has heaped more woe on Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez by labelling the club's big summer signing Alberto Aquilani as the "worst buy of the season".

The Italian midfielder arrived shortly after the departure of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid but has failed to make the sort of impact his £20 million price tag suggested he would, mainly because of injury problems.

"Alberto Aquilani cost more than [Jermain] Defoe - but you wouldn't have realised it from his appearances this season," Lineker wrote in the Daily Mail.

"At a reported £20m, he's got to be the worst buy. He was meant to replace Alonso but spent the first three months injured and hasn't been pushed into the team by Rafa Benitez now that he is fit.

"It suggests the Liverpool boss is not confident about his ability to fit into the English game."

Lineker's comments come  in the wake of Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth, all but ending their Premier League title aspirations.