Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has spoken of his fondness for Anfield and the club, five years after leaving for Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old reminisced in an interview with beIN SPORTS, looking back on his five year stay on Merseyside.
“Liverpool was a very important part in my football career,” the Spanish international said. “Especially when we played at Anfield, we achieved great things and we had great nights in Anfield.
He made 210 appearances for the Reds, scoring 19 times before his departure to the Spanish capital.
Alonso will be remembered for some valiant performances in Champions League games, and with European football set to return to Anfield for the first time since 2010 later this year, Alonso recalled the passionate nights in front of the Kop.
“There is a passion and atmosphere that comes when you play in England in the Premier League,” he added. “It’s special and I had the privilege to play for five years for Liverpool, and it’s a really special club.
“Anfield is a beautiful stadium and it has a certain charm and style that is very difficult to find in other stadiums. So I miss it a little bit; I really enjoyed the time that I spent in England, it was very important for my football career.”
Alonso is suspended for Saturday night’s European Cup Final in Lisbon between Real and Atletico Madrid.
Love Alonso but I'm with Athletico tonight. Got to love what Simeone has done with them & achieved this season. Nothing short of a genius.
— Ya Can't Studge This (@WarriorLFC) May 24, 2014
Kick-off is 7.45pm in the UK and it’s live on ITV and Sky Sports.
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