Liverpool fans react on Twitter as Xabi Alonso reportedly set to retire
By Matt Farr
Xabi Alonso is reportedly set to retire at the end of the season – and Liverpool fans on Twitter have come out in their droves to celebrate his career.
The 35-year-old is out of contract at Bayern Munich in the summer, and German news outlet Bild expects him to call time on what has been a glittering career.
The midfielder, who had been capped 114 times by Spain, won three major tournaments with the national side – including the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, and the 2010 World Cup.
Meanwhile, his domestic honours extend to two Champions League titles, as well as multiple league titles in Spain with Real Madrid and in Germany with current employers Bayern Munich.
Alonso is widely regarded as one of the best central midfielders of his generation, and was a real fan favourite during his time at Anfield with Liverpool.
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He was brought in by Rafa Benitez in 2004, and went on to appear 210 times for the Merseyside club, scoring 19 goals.
He won four trophies with Liverpool, including the 2004-05 Champions League – where Alonso played a starring role during a remarkable 3-3 comeback victory over AC Milan in the Final – before departing for Real Madrid in 2009 for £30million.
Recalling that memorable night in Istanbul, Liverpool fans took to social media to heap praise upon Alonso.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
— Laura Mary McCabe (@LauraRebelSolo) January 18, 2017
— George J Kollias (@georgejkollias) January 18, 2017
— Adam Rawraway (@adamrawraway15) January 18, 2017
Wow Alonso retiring at the end of the season. What a player he is, one of my favourite LFC players ever. Brilliant career ???????????????? @XabiAlonso
— Shanta Firmino (@Coppin_LFC) January 18, 2017
What a career for Xabi Alonso, who will retire at the end of the season. Always a difference maker when on the field, retiring on top. #LFC
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) January 18, 2017
— zima (@maaadcow) January 18, 2017
— Philip Russell (@phillyrussell) January 18, 2017
Alonso has made 18 appearances under Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich this season, scoring three goals.
He could bow out at the end of the campaign with even more silverware to his name, including a third consecutive Bundesliga title, and a possible third Champions League crown.
In other Liverpool news, the Mamadou Sakho transfer saga has taken another twist as Crystal Palace join the race.