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Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is set to be loaned out to a club back in his native Italy. Aquilani has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his £20million arrival from Roma last summer.

The 26-year-old was signed by former Reds manager Rafael Benitez as a replacement for the influential Xabi Alonso but his first season on Merseyside was hampered by injuries. Aquilani was not included in Liverpool's squad for last night's Europa League play-off against Trabzonspor and discussions are under way over a possible move.

Current boss Roy Hodgson said: "At the moment we are considering possibly loaning him to an Italian club, but nothing is sure yet. I didn't want to use him (against Trabzonspor) just in case the loan goes through, because this year it's very important that he plays regular football, every week, as the number one man on the teamsheet. I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy could help him."

Hodgson has given no indication which Italian club he could join but he was linked with Juventus -- from whom Liverpool have just signed midfielder Christian Poulsen -- earlier in the year.