'Once a Red, always a Red!' - Real Madrid man comments on 'emotional' Liverpool past

Arbeloa

Alvaro Arbeloa was delighted to return to Anfield with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Spanish full-back played the full 90 minutes in Madrid’s 3-0 victory at Anfield that saw the La Liga side all but guarantee their route into the next round of the competition.

Having started his career at the Bernabeu Stadium, the 31-year-old spent two-and-a-half years with Liverpool, making 98 appearances, before returning to the Spanish capital in 2011. Despite not winning any silverware whilst a Red, the 56-capped international was part of Madrid’s title-winning side in 2011/12, and he played his part in Madrid winning La Decima earlier this year, although he failed to make the field for the Champions League Final victory over local rivals Atletico Madrid.

With the reigning European champions set to take on Liverpool on Tuesday night, with the Reds needing a win to have any hope of progressing into the knockout stages of the tournament, Arbeloa has been speaking to the official Liverpool website about his return to Anfield two weeks ago - calling it a ‘really special’ occasion.

He said: "It was really, really special and incredible for me.

"The fans were really warm with me. It was really emotional and I was really happy to be back at Anfield.

"It was a little bit strange hearing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' because I was on the opposition and it wasn't for me, but inside I was almost singing along. I could enjoy it and the atmosphere was great - as usual - at Anfield.

"I am really, really thankful to the fans. I was there for just two and half years, but I know now people haven't forgotten me. It was an emotional and amazing experience."

Arbeloa admitted that, although he was tied to Madrid and took pleasure from their dominating victory over the Reds, he could never forget the part Liverpool played in the foreign of his career.

"Once a Red, always a Red!” he added.

"Not only for me, but for the majority of players that have played for Liverpool.

"You can feel that Liverpool lasts as a part of your heart. I will always remember Liverpool and their fans."

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