Liverpool gave reignited their interest in former player Xabi Alonso, with the Spanish midfield maestro refusing to rule out a move back to the Reds over the past few years.
Alonso is regarded as world class midfielder by many with his elegant style of play quite similar to that of Italian football legend Andrea Pirlo as both players possess a good eye for a pass and exceptional set-piece abilities.
when Andrea Pirlo signed for Juventus at the age of 32, he brought about a title winning era for the Bianconeri, and left the club to the MLS four years later with six trophies, including 4 consecutive league titles.
But the question is, will Xabi Alonso be able to pull off a Pirlo and play successfully in the later stages of his career ? Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann certainly hopes so, but he’s not sure it will happen. Last season, he tweeted:
“I’d love to see Xabi Alonso back at Anfield. He’s a pleasure to watch, but I’m not sure whether there is any truth in it. I can’t really see it happening”
Signing Alonso is almost the same aswear signing players in the same class of Andrea Pirlo and Xavi in the squad, and chances like that don’t come around quite regularly. The Spaniard would also be a great role model for the club’s young players. Jordan Rossiter, for example, who has already hailed Alonso as one of his footballing idols:
“Growing up, I always admired Xabi Alonso. His passing range, his composure on the ball – he’s someone I looked up to”.
If you’re going to have a role model, then Alonso – reportedly on €144k-a-week at Bayern Munich – is a great choice, and as Rossiter notes, the Spaniard’s passing range, and composure on the ball were (and are) a joy to behold.