Xabi Alonso has revealed how much he loved living in the city of Liverpool, saying it is a place unlike anywhere else on earth.
The quotes were made in his book, which were then tweeted by Twitter user and Echo employee, @dankay.
— Dan Kay (@dankay) September 15, 2016
Alonso was signed by Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2004 and was a vital part of our stunning comeback in the 2005 Champions League final.
He played for the club for five years until being sold to Real Madrid for £30 million in the summer transfer window of 2009.
After a five-year spell in the Spanish capital – where he won the Champions League again – he ultimately moved to Bayern Munich.
Aged 34, his career is now slowly coming to an end.