The Reds are today being linked with a sensational move to re-sign former midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is reportedly stalling on a new contract at Bayern Munich as he weighs up his potential options.
However, before you get too excited, this story is coming to us from The Metro. The notorious transfer rumour-munger are claiming that Alonso, who has one year remaining on his current deal, could be tempted into a move.
They quote him as saying: “My contract? We will see what happens. This is not the time to discuss this subject.”
Of course, there is no other reference or quote to Liverpool mentioned.
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Alonso, 33, first joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004. By the end of his first year at Anfield, he was a firm fan favourite, having helped guide us to our fifth Champions League triumph – scoring the third goal in the memorable comeback against AC Milan in the final.
He added an FA Cup winners medal to his collection the following year, while he also won the Super Cup and the Community Shield during his five years on Merseyside.
Real Madrid came calling in 2009 and the midfielder has since gone on to have a highly successful career in both Spain and Germany – winning seven major honours in seven seasons, including another European title.
He was also part of the Spain side that won the World Cup and back-to-back European titles during a six year period, before retiring from international football with 114 caps to his name last year.
Alonso’s return would no doubt be warmly welcomed at Anfield. The addition of a deep-lying playmaker would go some way to filling the void left by Steven Gerrard’s departure and complete a now well-stocked midfield, which has also been boosted by the addition of James Milner.
He proved last season with Bayern that he’s still good enough to play at the highest level, but we just can’t see it happening, sadly.