Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has hailed the club, and particularly the atmosphere at Anfield.

Aquilani played for Liverpool between 2009 and 2012, having arrive in the summer of 2009 as a replacement for Xabi Alonso.

His time at the club was not a happy one, with injuries limiting his playing time in Red significantly.

Indeed, he managed just 18 appearances for the Reds, instead spending most of his time with the club out on loan at Juventus and then AC Milan.

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That latter move meant he was a prime candidate to speak to, with Liverpool taking on AC Milan at Anfield in the beginning of the Champions League group stages this week.

Having played for both clubs, and more importantly having played for them in Europe too, the Italian knows all about the famous European nights both have enjoyed.

But for him, there’s no matching Liverpool and the world-famous atmosphere that Anfield offers.

“The first thing I think about is the Champions League: two teams who were born to play certain games,” the now Fiorentina youth manager told

“There have been moments like that for both teams, but now they’re back on top.

“Anfield? I’ve been lucky enough to play in that stadium, and I can assure you that it’s difficult to find better, an incredible crowd that pushes from first to last.

“They are used to it; these games are part of their history.”