Would Liverpool fans forgive Alonso if he went to Chelsea?

Xabi Alonso

With the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool fans may face the agony of watching one of their former favourites follow him from Real Madrid this summer.

According to reports this week Jose Mourinho wants to bring Xabi Alonso to Stamford Bridge. The Spanish midfielder is no stranger to the Premier League having made his name at Anfield where he spent 5 years and became a favourite on the Kop.

Alonso formed a formidable partnership with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with whom he enjoyed the success of winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup the following year.

His fantastic displays for the Reds ultimately earned him admiration from his homeland where Real Madrid eventually lured him for a fee of £30 million in the summer of 2009.

He has since spent four seasons with the Spanish giants with whom he’s won the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana under the reign of Jose Mourinho who has been unveiled as the man to take over from interim Chelsea boss and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

Mourinho is now thought to be interested in bringing some of his favoured personnel from the Spanish capital with him to Stamford Bridge and whilst Alonso has been linked many times with a return to the Premier League, speculation has always centered around his former club on Merseyside where he is still considered a legend of the club.

Alonso may now face a moral dilemma of sorts – if he joins up with Mourinho at Chelsea, he will surely lose his status as a Liverpool legend and tarnish his reputation as one of their great players.

Unless of course the fans could ever be persuaded to forgive him – let bygones be bygones – but football fans rarely do. Whilst no one can ever take away the medals he’s won with the Reds, it would diminish his standing as a class act if he were to put on that blue shirt.

It’s one thing leaving the club and the fans that adore but to go to a rival club – especially a club with such a turbulent relationship as Chelsea has had with Liverpool over the years – would be another thing all together. If Xabi Alonso ever comes back to the Premier League, he would be wise to ensure he arrives at the John Lennon airport, not Heathrow.

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