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Alonso rumour just won’t go away

xabi-alonsoReal Madrid are determined to snap up as much of the top talent in world football as they can with Xabi Alonso being tipped to be the next big signing for the club. I know this has been getting put about for quite a while now with no concrete movement quite yet but I fear for Liverpool next season without Alonso and possibly Mascherano.

Last season Liverpool had one of the strongest teams they have had for a long time and if they can keep that squad and add to it in a couple of key areas then there is no reason that they can not go on to win the Premiership next season, however if Alonso is sold to Real Madrid Rafa would need to find a very special player to fill his shoes.

In my opinion Alonso is the most important man in the Liverpool team and is one of the best players in the world for his position. Many will say that Gerrard is better and what about Torres but without Alonso in the centre of the midfield pulling the strings these guys are not the same players.

If Alonso does leave then Liverpool need to sign a top quality replacement, the problem is that there are few about as good as he is and even fewer who would consider a move to England at the moment because of the current financial advantages of staying in Spain for example.

Alberto Aquilani has been mentioned as a possible replacement if Alonso leaves. The Roma midfielder is a talented player there is so doubt but I am concerned that he may not fill the role as well Alonso so with the only other major signing so far this summer being Glen Johnson I just don’t see how Liverpool go one better next season.

It is still possible that we will see more players paraded in a Liverpool shirt this summer and that the squad will be improved further but with a relatively strict budget being placed on Rafa and the inability so far to move on the fringe players it is just concerning that Liverpool may be weaker next season season instead of strengthened.

Written by Danny Watson, a sports writer who blogs about football news and football shirts.

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  1. edgar

    July 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I don’t think this saga would have as much credibility if Rafa hadn’t tried to push Xabi out the door last summer and tried to get Gareth Barry to play for Liverpool. This transfer saga is Rafa Benitez’s fault and no one else’s.

  2. elnino

    July 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    absolute waste of time reading this stuff…
    nothing new…
    grinding the same old stuff. load of rubbish

  3. CA_backpacker

    July 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Article is spot-on for the importance of Alonzo, not to mention Masch, for the performance of the Reds. Gerrard and Torres can’t do much when they don’t get the ball to their feet, and L’pool always has problems with the execution of their passing game without Alonzo in there. Let’s face it, Lucas ain’t going to cut it. And while there may be some midfielders out there we could acquire that MIGHT perform as well, Alonzo is a proven commodity that always HAS performed. Selling him is a roll of the dice, and one we don’t need to make at this point.

    Alonzo might have expressed interest in going back to Spain, but I don’t think he’s going to sulk and deliberately tank his play if he doesn’t get sold. He wants to hoist silverware as much as any top competitor, he is a classy player, and I am sure he knows that the Reds are right on the edge of success and with his contributions this upcoming season we have a chance to win some competitions.

  4. Tyson

    July 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

    It’s not a rumour Xabi Alonso was quoted as saying he wants to leave Liverpool.

    The only sticking point is Benitez has placed a value too high on him and Real Madrid won’t pay that.

    Chances are he won’t be there next season because from the horses mouth he wants to leave and if he is forced to stay he won’t exactly be in a productive mood for next season not to mention he wasn’t very happy with Benitez chasing Gareth Barry.

    Personally I’m convinced once Real Madrid get Benitezs price closer to theirs they will buy him.

    On the other hand if he is forced to stay against his will his performance won’t be anything to write home about next season.

  5. Ste

    July 21, 2009 at 9:25 am


    Fair enough, and i did just set off into a rant.

    its just really bugging me this. As a transfer tactic it does work but Liverpool Football Club should not be backed into a corner by anyone. This ois why i was pleased to see rafa’s comment yesterday. Xabi signed a five year deal at the end of 2007, we don’t want to sell him, so that should be the end of it./

  6. T-Bull

    July 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I agree with the fact that Xabi is one of the keys to this team, he would be hard to replace. I don’t think he is going anywhere, here’s why.
    Rafa knows Alonso’s value to the Reds better than anyone, look at the game at Portsmouth as a shining example to Liverpool’s offense, when he comes in , the whole team passing improves immensely . Who else on the team could do the same, not to mention the loss of depth at the midfield which will be needed to compete in multiple competitions .
    As much as Xabi wouldn’t mind playing for Real, he has got to be aware of his importance to Liverpool’s Premiership aspirations , and he wants to hoist the BPL cup as much as anyone else in a Red shirt.
    Playing at Liverpool would be as good as playing at Real in terms of world cup preparedness. I stop short of saying ‘Pool is better, but he is established there, he is a big cog in the smooth running machine that is the Liverpool offense. Of course playing for Real, he is a lot closer to home.
    I have never heard Alonso , or anyone for that matter, say he was unhappy at Anfield. Torres, Riera, and Riena are all spanish internationals as well, there must be some comraderie , not to mention the comfort level of training with them on a regular basis. Xabi would be just as happy playing for either side, but I can’t imagine him not wanting to be at Liverpool.
    With all that being said, if he were to move, I think Real would have wanted the move to happen prior to ‘Pools far east junket. Real is very anxious to get its pieces in place for this coming campaign (a.k.a. Barca’ ).
    Transfer speculation in July is part of life as a footy fan, after all we won’t have a real match to discuss for another 3 1/2 weeks , people have to write about something , when it comes to transfers the old adage applies ” Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see!”

  7. Tom

    July 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Bit harsh there Ste,
    I think the article was merely commentating on whether Liverpool would miss Alonso if he did go, rather than offering any new evidence on whether he is definitely going or not.

    I agree with your ‘Spanish mouthpiece newspaper’ comment though, they seem to conveniently ‘leak’ these stories about players, either to test the water or unsettle the player himself. It’s not exactly right but it seems to be the way they go about things, much to the annoyance of managers on the receiving end, like Rafa.

    If he did go a replacement would be needed as Gerrard dropping back isn’t the answer in my opinion, he is too important at the other end of the field.

  8. Ste

    July 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

    The rumour won’t go away because ‘faux’ journalists and commentators like yourself won’t let it go away. You are regurgitating factless stories that have originated in spanish ‘mouthpiece’ newspapers and real madrid propaganda tools. Not one person is quoted in your article above nor any sources referenced so either you have made this up or just copied it from somewhere.

    I would hate to see alonso go. but gerrard can play deeper and if alonso wants to leave then fine. he must put in an official transfer request and real madrid must pay the going rate. the money will help buy a new forward to play alongside gerrard and benitez will have lost none of his option. no player is bigger then the team.

    If he stays, i don’t believe there is any danger of a sulk. It is a world cup year and alonso will be competing with 4 or 5 other world class midfielders for 3 spots

  9. hercules

    July 21, 2009 at 7:21 am

    thats crazy liverpool will be just as good without him!!!!!!Aquilani would be brill for Liverpool.Hes a top class player

  10. Dhillon007

    July 21, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Can you please stop writing the same same same same horse shit please??? I beg you

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