What a painful sight is to see all the Xabi Alonso's posters taken down in the Liverpool FC shops. He's no longer with us. He's gone. I wonder when will be the next time we'll see him. Will we play Real Madrid again this season? Will he be given an ovation? Will he be booed?
If there was such a thing as a fall-out with Rafa Benitez, Xabi has to admit that he's the player he is today thanks to him. The penalty in Istambul and the from-his-own-half screamer against Newcastle established himself as a Reds legend and one of the most important members of the squad, only behind Steven Gerrard and, later for some reason, Fernando Torres.
Liverpool fans righfully prayed for Xabi not to leave for Juventus last year. He obliged to these prayers with the most outstanding season he could have given us. A very respectful way to say goodbye to us all.
I don't envy him at all as now he has to play alongside Cristian Ronaldo haha!
And mentioning him, we have to point out that yes indeed, Manchester United has lost its most important and efficient player. We, instead, have lost a family member, a loved one.
I am very sad to see him go. Of all the times that I saw him in The Quarter, walking down Hardman Street or playing in the park with his son, is watching him holding the fort in Anfield that I'm going to miss the most.
I stand by my statement: Xabi Alonso is forever Red. To the place that saw you grow as a footballer, to the town that saw the birth of your son, to the city that you called home for five years, we will always look forward to welcome you back.