Liverpool fans have loved this season thus far, sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after just 13 games.
They’ve been starved of domestic success for so long, last winning the title in 1990, before the inception of the Premier League.
One of the stars of their barren period was Xabi Alonso, making up a formidable midfield alongside Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano that made them a force in the Champions League.
The Spaniard was a goalscorer in the 2005 final as the Reds famously came from 3-0 down against AC Milan to claim their fifth European crown.
Alonso went on to win a number of trophies at Real Madrid and eventually Bayern Munich before retiring in 2017.
He remains one of the most popular Liverpool players of the modern era, largely due to sensational strikes in his own half against Newcastle and Luton.
On his birthday on Monday, Liverpool’s Twitter account posted a video of that mesmerising strike against the Magpies, here’s how some of their fans reacted to it:
And we’ve only just found his replacement… Shows how good he was for us
— 🏆6️⃣ (@chielinilookout) November 25, 2019
Happy Birthday to the Best Technically gifted player I’ve seen in a red shirt! Absolute superstar. #Alonso
— Steve Elliott (@SteveEl50421153) November 25, 2019
Imagine having this midfield from than era in liverpool’s current squad
— Ali 🍁 حساب بديل (@Ali_the1andonly) November 25, 2019
Happy birthday to one of the best midfielders I’ve ever watch. Ynwa
— alphabetchiefer (@Itz_alphabet) November 25, 2019
the best Goal i have ever seen
— The Emperor 🌏 ✈ 🇦🇹 🇪🇬 (@FlameStrait) November 25, 2019
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One of the top five midfielders in his time . Glad we had him in our team
— colin white (@colinsonic13) November 25, 2019
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