Liverpool news – Aquilani nears Juve deal, Johnson backs Carroll, Kuyt urges Dalglish appointment

Aquilani nears Juve deal.

Juventus will have to pay £14m if they want to sign Alberto Aquilani on a permanent basis, according to the player’s agent.

The Italian international has spent the season on loan in Turin and has impressed sufficiently for the club to consider turning his temporary contract into a permanent one. However, a deal must be agreed by June 30 when his loan officially expires, or else the midfielder will travel back to Liverpool.

Franco Zavaglia, the player’s agent, told Radio Mana Mana: “The agreement between Liverpool and Juventus is already there. It all depends on the willingness of Juventus.

“I think Aquilani will stay at Juventus and there will not be any obstacles,” he said.

Kuyt urges Dalglish appointment.

Dirk Kuyt is the latest Liverpool player to speak out in favour of appointing Kenny Dalglish as manager on a permanent basis.

The Kop icon has picked up 20 points from his 10 Premier League games in charge as caretaker manager and, in spite of being knocked out of the Europa League to Braga, has reaffirmed his legendary status with the Liverpool supporters.

Kuyt told the Daily Mirror that he hopes John W. Henry will end any lingering uncertainty and offer Dalglish a permanent contract, reasoning: “It’s better for everyone. The manager has done a great job so far.

“It was disappointing to get knocked out of Europe last week, but the way we responded against Sunderland was terrific.”

Johnson backs Carroll.

Liverpool teammate Glen Johnson has backed Andy Carroll to be a big hit on the international scene for England.

Having started Liverpool’s previous two games, the Geordie striker is in line to start as England’s target man in this weekend’s European Championship qualifier against Wales and Johnson is predicting that he will be a big hit at international level.

“He scares the life out of defenders,” the England right-back told Skysports.com. Arguing that there is more to his Liverpool teammate’s game than physicality, he said: “He is always an outlet. You can stretch the play by giving it to him and he scores goals.

“There is no doubt he can make a big impact,” he confirmed.

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