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9th Mar, 2017 | 11:20am

Liverpool fans react on Twitter as Xabi Alonso announces retirement

By Will Butcher

Liverpool fans have paid tribute to Xabi Alonso on Twitter after the Bayern Munich midfielder announced he would be retiring from football.

Alonso, 35, will retire at the end of the season according to Bayern’s official Twitter account, after an outstanding career that has included two Champions Leagues and a World Cup triumph.

The Spanish midfielder played for Liverpool for five years between 2004 and 2009 and became an icon on Merseyside, scoring the Reds’ equalising goal in their 2005 Champions League final comeback against AC Milan.

Posting on his own personal Twitter account, the holding midfielder said “farewell beautiful game”, just two days after starring in Bayern’s 5-1 win over Arsenal in north London.

Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter to Alonso’s decision, with many thanking him for his years of service to their club.

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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Winning the Champions League as well as the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield with Liverpool, Alonso made a huge 210 appearances for Liverpool during his five-year spell.

The midfield maestro left the Reds eight years ago, joining Real Madrid where he added another Champions League medal to his trophy cabinet, as well as two La Liga titles.

Alonso will now turn his attention to helping Bayern secure their 27th Bundesliga title, while they also remain in the German Cup and Champions League.

In other Liverpool news, John Hartson has compared Liverpool’s Champions League final win in Istanbul to Barcelona’s remarkable comeback on Wednesday.

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