Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani completes loan move to AC Milan

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has completed a loan move to AC Milan, the Italian side have confirmed.

The 27-year-old has joined until next summer, with an option to extend his stay until June 2014.

Milan can make the Italy international's move permanent if he makes at least 25 appearances for this them this season.

Aquilani spent last season on loan at Juventus before returning to Anfield this summer.

A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan announces it has acquired Alberto Aquilani on loan with an option to buy the player's rights from Liverpool."

The former Roma playmaker said: "I am delighted to have arrived here. This is a leap in my career.

His only desire has been to play football and he has put this ahead of any other considerations and at personal cost to himself

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli

"I have come to Milan to do well. The clause of making at least 25 appearances? It's not a problem for me and I'm not thinking about it.

"I will do everything possible to earn the trust of the club."

Aquilani failed to hold down a regular first time place under Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish after signing for the Reds in 2009, starting in just 18 games in that period.

Damien Comolli, Liverpool director of football, said: "I want to pay tribute to the way Alberto has conducted himself during these discussions.

"Throughout the entire process, his only desire has been to play football and he has put this ahead of any other considerations and at personal cost to himself. We wish him well for the season ahead."