Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was pleased with the class shown by Alberto Aquilani on his debut for the club.
The £20million summer signing from Roma was made to wait for his Reds bow due to a knee injury, but showed up well as a substitute in the 2-1 Carling Cup fourth round defeat at Arsenal.
Benitez said after the loss:"There were a lot of players showing passion, character and quality on the pitch and Aquilani was one of these player.
"He has the quality, but he needs to improve his match-fitness.
"You can see he can pass the ball in the final third, he can make a big difference.
"He gets closer every day, but still has to improve his match-fitness. It is a question of time.
"I think that he will be an important player for us.
"We want to push him, but we cannot push too hard as we know that will be a risk. So we will keep going, keep working and add more minutes every game."