Liverpool news – Aquilani pleased to return, Sammy Lee exits, Henry: We won’t spend over the odds

Aquilani pleased to return.

Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani will return to the Reds with ‘great enthusiasm’ after a permanent move to Juventus could not be agreed, Sky Italia reports.

The 26 year old was signed by the club in 2009, but struggled for form and injury problems saw him moved to Juve last season for a yearlong loan. Liverpool had claimed that Juventus were ready to sign Aquilani permanently after the loan spell, but the Turin side failed to agree a deal and now Aquilani is set to move back to Anfield.

He told Sky Italia: ‘I return to Liverpool with great enthusiasm. This is not a problem. It’s not true that I didn’t want to return to England.’

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is happy that the Italian will be returning to Anfield and has dismissed his poor form in his first year at Anfield, telling the club’s website in April that ‘he could be a valuable asset here next season’.

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Henry: We won’t spend over the odds.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry has insisted that Liverpool will not be the victim to overpriced transfer deals, Sky Sports reports.

Henry, the frontman of Fenway Sports Group and the owner of the Reds, admitted he is prepared to miss out on stars in order to be sensible in the transfer market. Henry splashed out £16m on Jordan Henderson to make him his first summer signing, but on Twitter, the American outlined his summer transfer plans.

He said on his official page, twitter.com/John_W_Henry: ‘Everything in sport is overpriced. But you make your changes based on a plan. Some things happen early, some things late. The big thing is that things happen. Sometimes what you avoid is important.’

Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool from former American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks in October 2010 and have improved the Reds dramatically.

Sammy Lee exits.

Sammy Lee has left his job as assistant manager and first team coach Steve Clarke is tipped to take over, The Liverpool Daily Post reports.

The 52 year old spent 11 years at Liverpool between 1993 and 2004, before moving to the England national team set up and then Bolton Wanderers. Former manager Rafa Benitez brought Lee, who made 295 appearances for Liverpool in the 1980’s, back to the club in 2008 and Lee has stayed through three managers in that time.

Lee’s role has changed at Anfield since the arrival of Steve Clarke and the parting of ways comes as little surprise, with Lee expected to move to London and link back up with Sam Allardyce at West Ham United.

Clarke is expected to be the next assistant manager after holding similar roles at Chelsea and West Ham United in the past. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has spoken highly of his role at Anfield and has credited Clarke with the improvement in the Reds defence.

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