With Champions League football just a win away, the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are recalling the club’s famous history in the competition.
Five times champions of Europe, the Reds around the bar are reminiscing about some of their favourite Anfield nights, as well as some of the wonderful players who helped carve such a history.
So, imagine how well quotes from Xabi Alonso have gone down today. The Liverpool legend, who helped the Merseyside giants win the continent’s top prize back in 2005 has been waxing poetic about his former club.
About to retire at Bayern Munich, the 35-year-old has been talking to Marca about his career and reflects on his five-year stint on Merseyside rather fondly indeed. A popular figure amongst the Kopites who frequent in their droves, the former Real Madrid man has only endeared himself further to the local Liverpool lot in tonight.
Oh, how he’d be welcomed back.
”Liverpool has a mystique, a history, a charm that everyone who loves football hooks. And it hooked me. I was hooked Anfield, I was hooked the Premier, also because I made my effort and also because things went very well”, he said.
”The first year we won the Champions League! Then I was hooked and once you get hooked on Liverpool we all stay hooked for life, all of us who have lived it intensely.”