By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Having been signed for £20 million from Roma in 2009, he was expected to play a starring role for the Reds and be a dynamic and attack-minded replacement for Xabi Alonso who left in the same summer to join Real Madrid.
But injuries and indifferent form prevented him from making an impact in his first season and the Italian was then shipped off on loan to AC Milan and Juventus in the subsequent two years.
The 28-year-old feels as if he has been a defenceless pawn in the many boardroom battles that have plagued the club in the past two years and indicated that he was never keen to return to Italy on loan, contrary to reports in the media which seemed to suggest that he was unwilling to fight for a place in the first team.
"How can you pay £20 million for a player and this player is never taken into consideration?" was his rhetorical response to BBC Sport when questioned as to why he was not afforded enough first-team opportunities at Anfield.
"I never asked to leave but I was always pushed by the club. I am here and I would like to play for Liverpool but it doesn't depend only on me.
"The situation changed after (Rafael) Benitez left. In past years, I felt forced out.
"I never asked to go on loan but they made it clear it was better for me to go.
"I think Liverpool people have to know that I have never said I wanted to leave the city because my family and I were not happy here. This is not true.
"I cannot say I have unfinished business in English football because I really never played but, the little I did, I believe I was able to show to Liverpool fans that I have quality and that I could have helped the team."
New manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be impressed with the midfielder's talents and the two have hit it off in a recent chat which gives the ex-Roma midfielder hope that he could yet undergo a renaissance at the Merseyside club next season.
"I had a very good talk with Brendan where we were able to share our thoughts and it was a very positive chat," Aquilani explained.
"I like his footballing philosophy and I like the mentality he has because it matches my own skills."
But with the Reds having an array of midfield talent at their disposal with Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Lucas, Jay Spearing, Joe Cole all jostling for a place in the centre of midfield alongside captain Steven Gerrard, it may be difficult for Aquilani to get a regular starting berth.
Aquilani has two more years left on his contract and made 18 appearances for the Rossoneri in the Serie A last season.