Alonso beware: Five Liverpool stars who came back and how they fared

With talk of the Bayern Munich man returning to Anfield, we look at five Liverpool players who did enjoy two stints at the club.

The transfer rumour mill is in full swing this summer, so it’s hardly a surprise to see pretty much every player on the planet being linked with another club, and it’s no different for Liverpool or Xabi Alonso.

A report in the Liverpool Echo suggests the Reds could be on alert regarding the Spaniard’s future and if he were to return to Anfield, he certainly would not be the first.

Here are five notable players to come back for more at Liverpool and how each and every one fared when they did so.

1. Bill Lacey – 1912–1915 & 1919-1924

Lacey played 99 games and scored 12 goals during his first stint with the Reds, which including a losing appearance in the 1914 FA Cup final.

Having returned to Ireland to continue playing during the war, he made a triumphant comeback in 1919 and was an integral part of the team that won back-to-back league titles in 1922 and 1923.

Comeback rating: 9/10

2. Ian Rush – 1980–1987 & 1988-1996

A Liverpool legend from his first spell, Rush won four league titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup along with two European cups, scoring 139 goals in 224 league games before moving to Juventus.

But after complaining that it was “like living in a foreign country” in Turin, he returned a year later and went on to win one more league title along with two FA Cups and a League Cup, scoring 90 goals in 245 league games.

Comeback rating: 7/10

3. Steve Staunton – 1986–1991 & 1998-2000

Part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1989 and the league title in 1990, having broken into the first team at an early age, he was eventually sold by Graeme Sounness to Aston Villa in a deal many fans questioned.

Returned on a free transfer years later and helped provide cover and experience for Liverpool, playing a part in their successful UEFA Cup campaign in 2001 with an appearance against Olympiakos.

Comeback rating: 5/10

4. Robbie Fowler – 1993–2001 & 2006-2007

The man once known as “God” scored 120 goals in 236 league games during his first spell at Anfield, though had to wait until his final season to celebrate silverware with victory in the UEFA Cup, League Cup and FA Cup.

Returned as cover for Rafa Benitez in 2006 and scored a solid eight goals in 30 stop-start appearances over two seasons. Notable achievements include helping Liverpool reach the final of the Champions League in 2007.

Comeback rating: 6/10

5. Fabio Aurelio – 2006-2010 & 2010-2012

Injury hit throughout his time at Anfield, Liverpool’s first Brazilian played 87 league games during a six-year stay at the club.

But back in 2010 he had looked to be heading out of the door, having turned down Benitez’s offer of a pay-as-you-play deal. Yet, with the appointment of Roy Hodgson he was back again, though the injury woes continued.

Comeback rating: 2/10

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