Xabi Alonso on Anfield return: 'I loved it - it's pure football'

ReactionXabi Alonso on Anfield return: 'I loved it - it's pure football'

Published 24th September 2022

Xabi Alonso expressed his love for playing at Anfield after returning on Saturday with Liverpool FC Legends.

The Spaniard captained a star-studded collection of former Reds at L4 as they defeated their Manchester United counterparts 2-1 to claim the Legends of the North crown. 

Goals from Mark Gonzalez and Florent Sinama-Pongolle secured victory for Sir Kenny Dalglish's side, who came from behind in the LFC Foundation charity game after an early opener from Dimitar Berbatov.

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"I loved it," Alonso told Liverpoolfc.com post-match. "I loved it after some time without playing these kind of games. 

“You still know that you feel it, you have it inside and whenever you have the chance it awakens [you]. 

"I really loved it and a great cause, great atmosphere, best stadium in the world. Great day. 

"[Anfield is] different. You have pretty stadiums all over the world, great atmospheres, Champions League nights – but this is Anfield. 

"The soul, the stands, the lights, it's different and it's pure football. That's why we love it as a player, as a fan, as anyone that comes."

Alonso once again treated Liverpool supporters to a dazzling performance, displaying the incredible range of passing he still possesses throughout the afternoon. 

He continued: "That doesn't change – many things change, the legs change, the strength changes. But once you have that understanding after playing so many years, it is still there. 

"As long as I can enjoy and I can play here, I will love to come back."

The 40-year-old remains a keen follower of the club well over a decade after his departure.

Alonso is hugely confident Jürgen Klopp's men can continue to maintain the levels of success produced in recent years.

"Liverpool's game is about the quality they have – tactical as well as energy," he finished. "Last year was very demanding and always to keep on top, it's not easy. 

"It's a great challenge every season but I'm sure that the team is up for it – the players, the staff, the great manager we have. There are still lots of things to happen but they will be there for sure."

Published 24th September 2022