Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has told how he feels the Spanish national side benefited from players moving to play in the Premier League, including himself.
Alonso moved to Anfield in 2004 and spent five years at the club under Rafa Benitez. He is still held in high regard by Liverpool supporters and always speaks affectionately of his time at the club, where he won the Champions League in 2005.
The influential midfielder, now at Real Madrid, told The Guardian how he feels he learned from experienced players in Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann and Sami Hyypia;
“I listened and learnt from people like [Jamie] Carra[gher], Stevie [Gerrard], Didi Hamann and Sami Hyypia and definitely improved.”
Spain, the current World and European Champions face England at Wembley today. LFC goalkeeper Pepe Reina is expected to start the match.