Xabi Alonso From Liverpool to Madrid he will be missed

July 31, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog, UK Box Update 
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xabi-alonso-pass-master Xabi Alonso will complete a £28million switch to Real Madrid on Monday.Alonso nicknamed the past master arrived at Liverpool from Real Sociedad for a fee in the region of 10.5 million in August 2004. Alonso made his Premiership debut for Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers at  The Reebok Stadium on 29 August 2004, a game that Liverpool lost 1-0. His first goal for Liverpool came from a free-kick against Fulham on 16 October 2004. Liverpool were losing 2-0 at half-time, but Alonso’s arrival as a substitute inspired a revival and an eventual 4-2 win. Although a newcomer to the English league, Alonso has impressed with his exceptional range of passing and vision. After an initial settling in, he established himself as one of the mainstays of Liverpool’s midfield. He has become a permanent fixture of Benitez’s sides and has endeared many fans with his long range passing ability, and his deft touches to open opposition teams up. After breaking his ankle following a tackle from Frank Lampard in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on New Year’s Day 2005, Alonso was ruled out of action for over 3 months. He made his return earlier than expected in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus. In the absence of skipper Steven Gerrard through suspension Alonso played for all 90 minutes as Liverpool gained an improbable 0-0 draw in Italy to defeat the eventual Italian Champions on aggregate. Gerrard would later repay the favour to Alonso in the very next round – when Alonso was himself suspended from the second leg of the semi-final against Chelsea, Gerrard steered Liverpool to a 1-0 win with the help of a Luis Garcia goal, putting Liverpool in the Final against Milan.

 In the Champions League Final, Alonso played a crucial role as Liverpool completed an incredible comeback from 3-0 down at half-time to level the scores at 3-3. At 3-2, Liverpool were awarded a penalty, which Alonso stepped up to take. While Dida, Milan’s Brazilian goalkeeper, managed to save the penalty, Alonso fired the rebound into the roof of the net, making it 3-3. Liverpool went on to win the European Cup on penalties, capping a successful first year for Xabi Alonso in England. On January 7, 2006, in a thrilling F.A. Cup Third Round tie against Luton Town, Alonso assisted Liverpool to a 5-3 comeback victory, after being down 3-1 early in the second half, by scoring two amazing goals, one from 40 yards and the other from well inside his own half (60 yards). Xabi comes from a famous footballing family. His dad Miguel Angel ‘Periko’ Alonso was a star for Barcelona and won two league titles with Real Sociedad. Xabi’s brother, fellow midfielder Mikel Alonso, continues the family tradition who has now moved to fulham.

Liverpool fans know he will be very much missed moving to madrid but he always gave the club 100% and played some quite brillant football. Here are some of  Xabi Alonso best moments take a look at this

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  • Great goals the one from 60 yards amazing

  • Erin

    I really hope the win this year!!

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