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Dalglish happy to welcome back on-loan Aquilani

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists if AC Milan do not want on-loan Alberto Aquilani then he is happy for the Italian to return to Anfield.

Speculation about the 27-year-old's future has become a talking point in recent weeks as his hopes of a permanent move to the San Siro have receded. The loan agreement with the Italian club stated if Aquilani made 25 appearances then it would trigger his automatic purchase for £6m.

He is currently three short of that total with only five matches remaining and Aquilani has been a substitute for the last four matches, not even getting off the bench against Genoa.

"If they don't activate the clause he will be back here," Dalglish said. "If they don't want him then he'll come back here as he's our player."

Despite Liverpool making a loss on a player signed for £16m in 2009, there is a need to trim the wage bill.

For that reason, the future of another high-profile loan signing, Joe Cole, is also one which needs resolving.

The England midfielder has had a successful season on loan at French club Lille, where the Reds are subsidising his wages, but his weekly six-figure salary may prove prohibitive to a permanent move.

Of more concern to Dalglish, however, are the players in the squad.

Captain Steven Gerrard returned to training this week having been rested for last weekend's defeat at home to West Brom, while Charlie Adam will play no further part in the season as a result of a knee injury sustained in last month's defeat at QPR.