Former Red Xabi Alonso excited about Liverpool's ‘thrilling’ title bid

Xabi Alonso

The Real Madrid man has revealed that he keeps a close eye on his old employers and is ‘really excited’ about the side’s success.

When Liverpool sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in 2009, it marked a downturn in the Merseyside club’s fortunes – with it taking the Anfield side until this season to get back on track.

With Brendan Rodgers’ men looking on course for a momentous Premier League title, the Real Madrid and Spain midfielder has been speaking out about his former employers.

The 32-year-old admits that he still keeps a close eye on the Anfield side and is watching their domestic run-in closely.

“Whenever I’m not on work duty, I keep an eye on the Reds,” Alonso told SI.com.

“I’m really excited. It’s thrilling what’s happening in the city right now. What they are doing at the moment is so admirable, the players, the coaches.

“Eleven wins in a row is a massive achievement, and they are so close to winning the league for the first time in 24 years.

“So I’m really looking forward to it and happy for the ones I know like Stevie [Gerrard] and Lucas [Leiva], the ones I played with there.”

Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield this Sunday, with another win all-but securing their potential first-place finish.

Alonso spent five years in England and there were rumblings that he could have potentially returned to Liverpool before he signed a new contract in Madrid at the end of last year.

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