Liverpool flop turned coaching prodigy looks unrecognisable after cutting off his long locks… but can you guess who the former Premier League player is?
- Ex-Liverpool midfielder looks unrecognisable after cutting off his long locks
- The 38-year-old Italian midfielder made his name playing for Serie A outfit Roma
- He also had spells at Juventus, AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and many other clubs
Fans have been left stunned by the appearance of one of the club’s former players as the Liverpool flop looks completely unrecognisable after ditching his long-flowing locks for a new-look.
The 38-year-old Italian made his name at Roma, before moving to Premier League giants Liverpool for £20million back in 2009.
Supporters, however, were left struggling to recognise the former midfielder with a short haircut and a beard.
Former Premier League player looks unrecognisable from his playing days at Liverpool
The Italian is the Fiorentina Under 19s manager, where he has won five trophies in three years
The photo is of former Italian international Alberto Aquilani, and fans have struggled to recognise him.
He made just 28 appearances during the two seasons he spent with the Reds’ first team and after Roy Hodgson shunned him he sought out loan spells at Juventus and AC Milan before making a permanent move to Fiorentina.
Aquilani occasionally impressed in his first season at Anfield and even scored in the Reds’ Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
The former Roma and Liverpool has cut all of his long hair off and has a well-shaped beard
But then-boss Rafa Benitez left the club at the end of Aquilani’s first season on Merseyside and his successor Hodgson made it clear the Italian had fallen down the pecking order.
The former midfielder then spent three seasons with Serie A side Fiorentina before stints with Sporting Lisbon, Pescara, Sassuolo and Las Palmas before retiring in 2019.
It was then a switch to management, as he took over as manager of Fiorentina’s Under 19s side, where he has gone on to win five trophies in just three years.
He took charge in July 2020 and took just one month to claim his first piece of silverware in the form of the Coppa Italia Primeavera.
Two more followed as well as a Supercoppa Primavera and he has now captured a fifth.
Aquilani (pictured) struggled during his time in the Premier League with Liverpool
The Italian maestro joined Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool side for £20million back in 2009
The 38-capped Italian international admitted himself that he was a flop during his time at Anfield.
‘I was on a big contract at Liverpool,’ he told the Liverpool Echo. ‘Maybe I could have stayed and not played next year. No problem. But I’d never do that there. I tried to find a solution that was good for me and for the club. Always.
‘Some players have a big contract and they stay and just run around the training pitch but for me that was no good. (Then director of football Damien) Comolli and the people who were working there can tell you that.
‘Milan then came in and don’t pay too much. No problem, I go because I want to play. It’s frustrating because now they remember me as a bad player.
‘They spent a lot of money but I didn’t do too much. It’s frustrating but it’s the reality and I can do nothing about it.’
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