Liverpool’s hopes of signing Alonso could be dashed by club policy

Liverppol’s over-30 policy could scupper any hopes they have of luring former hero Xabi Alonso back to Anfield, reports The Daily Mail.

The Reds missed out on Shakhtar’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and manager Brendan Rodgers has now turned his attention to bringing the 31-year-old back to Anfield from Real Madrid, with the Spaniard now looking set to leave the Bernabeu.

However, the suggested transfer fee of around £10m for a player over 30 goes against Liverpool owner John Henry’s model, and so Rodgers will need to do some convincing if he is to convince his American bosses that bringing Alonso back to Anfield would still prove a sound investment.

While the club have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, their marquee signing up to this stage has been Simon Mignolet for £9m, and with cash left from the sales of Jonjo Shelvey (£6m) to Swansea and Andy Carroll (£15m) to West Ham, Rodgers is hoping to be able to convince Henry to bend the rules for a player who is still adored by the Anfield faithful.

Steven Gerrard said back in November that he would welcome Alonso back with open arms should the 31-year-old decide to return one day, writing: “Xabi Alonso – best midfielder I’ve played with, I miss playing with him.”

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