As unlikely as it seems, Liverpool should move heaven and earth to try and bring back Xabi Alonso.
Xabi Alonso is exactly what Liverpool need, which seems ironic as he was originally sold to Real Madrid from the Anfield based club.
His command and authority just in front of the back four is something that Liverpool could benefit from, which means they should go after him if there’s even the most remote possibility that he could be available.
At the moment, it seems unrealistic because he’s a key figure at Real Madrid and a player that Jose Mourinho is unlikely to depart with in the summer. Then there’s the issue of whether Liverpool could even afford him, but his ongoing contract negotiations could perhaps open to door.
What his presence in the current Liverpool team would add is it would release someone like Steven Gerrard to focus solely on his attacking responsibilities for the team.
Gerrard has had to play a slightly deeper role at times this season because the club have not had a strong holding player, who can mop up opposition attacks just as easily as he can start them.
The fact some of the pressure would be shifted from the Liverpool skipper may even enable him to start producing some of the sorts of attacking performances which his reputation has been built on.
He would also add experience which is vital considering the average age of the current side at Liverpool and the impending retirement of Jamie Carragher from duty at the club.
Liverpool are filled with young talent; Suso, Shelvey, Henderson, Sterling and many more who would benefit from having a player of his quality and calibre in the side, taking the pressure away to a certain degree.
His passing and creative skills from any point in the midfield would suit Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge or Fabio Borini down to the ground.
He can spot a pass whether he’s just picked the ball up off the defence or whether he’s up supporting the other attacking players and pressing the opposition into their own final third.
It’s a move which could happen at some point in the Spaniard’s career but the chances of it happening any time soon are doubtful, especially considering Liverpool’s current inability to meet his wage expectations and the fee Madrid would demand.
Liverpool fans, do you need/want him back?
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