Aquilani reveals Kop ambition

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani says he cannot wait to finally return to full fitness and make his debut for Rafael Benitez's side.

The Italian playmaker joined the Reds in August in the wake of Xabi Alonso's €30 million move to Real Madrid, but has yet to feature for his new club after undergoing ankle surgery.

However, the 25-year-old is nearing the end of his rehabilitation, and could make his first appearance for the Merseysiders against Sunderland this weekend.

And he has admitted that his time on the sidelines at Anfield has been a frustrating period.

"It's not been easy for me," he told the club's official website.

"I moved to a new club in a different country and have been unable to play or train properly.

"When you are not involved with the team it is not a good feeling.

And Aquilani added that the prospect of finally running out at Anfield, and scoring his first goal at the Kop end of the stadium, have kept him fully motivated to get fit.

"It is my ambition to score at the Kop end. I've thought about it a lot during my rehab here," he said.

"Anfield is a great stadium with a superb atmosphere. I can't wait to play in front of that crowd."