Carlo Ancelotti’s recent comments about Xabi Alonso still be a crucial player for Real Madrid seem to have fallen on deaf ears, with a report in Marca today suggesting the player has already decided to leave.
There are benefits for the 31-year-old should he choose either and it’s a very difficult decision for him considering his Liverpool past and the resources and virtually guaranteed chance of success that Chelsea provide.
His previous spell at Liverpool gives them a very good chance of re-signing him.
He knows the club, the history, the expectation and the setup very well, which means he can slot straight back into the Liverpool squad under Brendan Rodgers, almost as though he never left in the first place.
Liverpool have plenty of key players around the side, experience and talent in a variety of different positions and a clear case for some of Alonso’s experience and class to get regular football in the first team.
One of the early criticisms Rodgers had of his Liverpool squad was that he didn’t have anyone to replace the likes of Steven Gerrard and Lucas in the heart of the midfield, making the side tick.
His admission about the side needing reinforcements over the winter suggests he still feels that is the case.
For Alonso looking at Liverpool, they aren’t just a great club to join due to how comfortable going back there would be.
Rodgers is really trying to create something at Anfield and if Liverpool can maintain the good start to the season they have made into the winter months, they’ll be in a great position to go after some silverware next year.
Where Chelsea have an advantage is in the form of Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho worked with Alonso during his time at Real Madrid and he has the ability to convince the Spaniard that Chelsea is the perfect club for him, regardless of any preconceptions he may have about the move.
Chelsea have proven that older, top quality players can settle into their squad, play regularly and retain their importance such as Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Chelsea also provide that guaranteed chance of success. Criticise Roman Abramovich’s running of the club all you like, but the Blues have consistently won trophies including the Champions League and Europa League over the last two seasons.
The decisive factor, which could work in Liverpool’s favour is the World Cup next summer.
There is no guarantee that Alonso will play regularly for Chelsea over the second half of the season and Liverpool is the better choice if he wants to use a move to try and fire himself into Spain’s World Cup squad.
It’s win-win either way for the player but Liverpool just have the edge.
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