- Knowing fully well about the world of football, I try not to be saddened with the imminent departure of our midfield maestro. This is not a doomsday. Alonso is one of our best performer and his ability to pin-point a passed is also a legend. But when you're wanted by a club like Real Madrid and the fact that it was Alonso's former club, what can you do? What can Rafa do? Alonso has to be allowed to leave. It's the same case with Arbeloa.
- People might be crying and debating that Alonso's calibre is a hard act to replace. May be it's true. May be not. My argument would be: trust Rafa to find his replacement. Not necessarily that the player must possessed similar skill (because it's hard to do so) but someone who can be a holding player in the midfield. Or else, Gerrard would be returned to his natural position and Rafa would only have to look for a second striker for Torres.
- Surely, Rafa can find a brilliant replacement - just like what he did when he first chose Alonso and Luis Garcia. To us who doesn't follow La Liga that much, we couldn't identified with other players than the popular ones in Real Madrid or Barcelona. But Alonso was picked from Real Sociedad! And Rafa knew how good Alonso was then. So now, when we are on the verge of losing Alonso, we must return to our fundamental and put our trust on Rafa to bring in some interesting midfielder in the same mold and class like Alonso to Anfield. (Though Dossena is a case in point for Rafa must avoid in future dealings...)
- And who knows Alonso might have a change of heart and return to Anfield?... hmmm...
29 July 2009
Xabi Alonso is in Madrid - completing his departure from Liverpool...
Marca's front page on Tuesday shows Xabi Alonso at Madrid's Barajas airport on Monday.