Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has told liverpoolfc.tv that he misses life at Anfield. The Spanish international midfielder reluctantly left Liverpool two years ago after being frozen out by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
Alonso, who is currently at Spanish giants Real Madrid, said: ‘I miss lots of things. I miss the lads, I miss the atmosphere at Melwood and the scenario of Anfield is unbeatable. The special nights I have been privileged enough to live, those will be in my memory forever and they are difficult to compare anywhere in the world’.
During a five year spell on Merseyside, Alonso was close friends with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and defender Jamie Carragher. The 29 year old said about the two: ‘The importance they had in the changing room, it was very important for me to have a good relationship with them. Being from Liverpool, knowing how things were at that moment and winning the Champions League in the first year made the relationship stronger. That is why they are still good friends’.
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Bojan and Jeffren chase.
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Barcelona forwards Bojan Krkic and Jeffren, the Daily Mail reports. The Reds have been linked with the young forwards for some time and manager Kenny Dalglish is looking to rebuild his squad for a push into the Champions League places next season.
The Merseysiders have supposedly made contact with Barcelona over the forwards and are expected to make a £17 million offer for the pair with both reported to be unhappy with the lack of first team football they are getting at the Nou Camp.
23 year old Jeffren and 20 year old Krkic both hold the ability to play on the wings and Dalglish is looking to strengthen his side’s width. Both players have been brought through the famous La Masia youth academy at Barcelona, which has produced such talents as Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.
Poulsen wants time.
Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen has stated his desire to prove he has a long term future at Liverpool, The Liverpool Echo announced.
Poulsen is believed to be a certain exit from Anfield this summer, as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish attempts to re-shape his squad for the new season. However, Danish international Poulsen does not want to leave Anfield and will fight for his place.
He said: ‘In the second half of the season, we found ourselves as a team and I am looking forward to seeing how Liverpool play next season. I am sure Kenny is the right man to lead Liverpool to success in the future, because in the short time he has been here, we have only gone way – and I hope that will continue in the future’.
Poulsen joined Liverpool in 2008 from Italian giants Juventus, but has endured a terrible time so far at Anfield with the Liverpool fans jeering him after some bad performances.