We’re not all for publicising the achievements of players who no longer play for us, but with Xabi Alonso, we’ll make an exception!
The Spaniard will go down as perhaps our second best central midfielder of the Premier League era, behind Steven Gerrard, although for the past six years, we’ve had to watch him strut his stuff for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
The 34-year-old bagged Bayern’s winner against Darmstadt last night, and it’s one of the best goals the legendary Spaniard will ever score…
Alonso would still walk into our side, and is out of contract in the summer. Despite his age, which belies FSG’s transfer policy, Alonso is player we should never have let go in the first place. In fact, his departure signalled our end at the top. Rafa Benitez replaced him with Alberto Aquilani and Liverpool went from 2nd in 2008/09 to also-rans the season following.
Why Rafa ever fancied Gareth Barry in his place we’ll literally never, ever know.