Liverpool's owners are ruing Rafa Benitez's deal for former AS Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

The Mirror says the club will pay Roma the £4.4m final instalment for Kop flop Aquilani at the end of this month.

Benitez's most expensive gaffe will have cost the Reds £17.6m, meaning his 28 appearances will have stung them to the tune of £630,000 per game.

This does not include his £80,000-a-week wages, which Liverpool have started paying again since his loan spell at Juventus officially ended on Tuesday.

The Reds are keen to cut their losses on Aquilani and had hoped Juve would exercise the clause in his loan agreement to sign him permanently for £14million last month.

Instead, the Italians let that deadline pass and have told Liverpool they are only prepared to offer £6m for Aquilani, even though he still has three years left on his Anfield deal.

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