Liverpool fans may have wanted Xabi Alonso back - but did they need him?

Many Liverpool fans were hoping Alonso would return to Anfield one day, having previously spent five years at the club.

Any hopes that Liverpool fans had of seeing Xabi Alonso return to Merseyside were pretty much ended yesterday when he put pen to paper on a new deal at Real Madrid.

It’s safe to say that when Alonso left Merseyside back in 2009 he left a big hole in Liverpool’s midfield as they came so close to winning the title in his last season – the following season the side finished seventh and over 20 points off the pace.

It may not be down to one player, but it is a telling decline for one season.

Ever since, Livepool fans have watched on as Alonso has been at the heart of the Real Madrid midfield that has tried to take on the might of Barcelona, and has had some success in the league and Copa Del Rey.

And ever since, a lot of fans have wanted him to return.

But, in the current state, did Liverpool really need to go after Alonso if he was available? It’s all academic now, of course but that doesn't stop us from speculating.

Liverpool could perhaps do with another midfielder to go along with Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen.

Whilst Allen and Henderson have been much maligned figures on Merseyside at times, they have performed well when called upon this season.

Henderson has won the majority of the fans over with some impressive displays which have included good passing range, vision and energy – qualities that have often being associated with Alonso.

Joe Allen’s passing has been incisive, he’s shown a decent range as well – and been the man who can put his foot on the ball when the game has just got that little bit too frantic.

Whilst Liverpool may need another quality midfielder, it’s not necessarily Alonso who is the man to do the job. The side may need more bite and steel, would Alonso have brought that? It’s hard to see he would.

Maybe it’s time to move on from Alonso, players come and go all the time. There’s a decent base for Liverpool’s midfield to work from, but the Spaniard wasn’t the man to be added to it.

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