In an interview with LFC TV, former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso stated he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of playing for the Reds once again in the future:
“Why not? I think that in football so many things change, and why not? I have my red passion and if circumstances arrived then why not? At the moment I don’t know what is going to happen, but it could be a possibility. Never say never.”
At 29 years of age, Alonso hasn’t got that many years left at the top of his game but it seems he may like to have a swansong back at his old club sometime in the future if he was given the opportunity.
The circumstances surrounding his departure were controversial, and I am not going to discuss them here because they are now irrelevant in regards to the future (any comments below debating this issue will be deleted as I haven’t got the time to moderate an argument which may well go long into the night), but I think it is fair to say that we have certainly missed him over the last couple of seasons.
Certainly his best season came in his last campaign for the club when the Reds were challenging for the title, and he was the integral conduit for both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to receive the ball further up the pitch. Without needing to go deep to find the ball, players such as Gerrard knew that Alonso would pick him out with his pin point accurate passers. The Basque was just as accurate at pinging a 40 yard diagonal ball as he was passing short a few yards to a team mate.
The deep lying playmaker effectively made the team tick and dictated the tempo of play in Rafa Benitez’s side. We have yet to replace him, and hopefully King Kenny and Damien Comolli are on the case searching for an ideal replacement. A Player such as Charlie Adam has been touted as a possible signing but I am unsure about whether he would in fact be a direct replacement.
Perhaps it is impossible to find a direct replacement without being able to raid Barcelona for someone like Xavi. That’s how highly I rate Xabi, and the fact he was selected consistently beside the midfield maestro for Spain during the side’s World Cup triumph, shows how highly people back in his homeland rate him too. He is now an integral part of the Real Madrid side and has stated he is happy to stay in Spain.
For the time being we will have to move on. Players I rate with the same style of play and passing range are few and far between, but I would be happy to see the likes of Ever Banega or Steven Defour to fulfil that role. Still, I am hopeful that sometime in the future Xabi will return and will perhaps show us once more how great he could be.
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