Where to begin with Xabi Alonso? A man who has practically done it all in football, conducting himself with style and grace along the way.
The Spaniard cemented himself as a legend in the red half of Merseyside in his five years at Liverpool, winning the UEFA Champions League in his first season, followed by the FA Cup and Community Shield.
In the summer of 2009, despite publicly citing he had no desire to leave, differences with manager Rafael Benitez meant Pellegrini’s Madrid acquired his services for around £30 million, a sum that would seem insignificant in today’s market.
Captain Steven Gerrard stated Alonso’s departure as one of the main reasons for Liverpool’s struggles in the years to follow and, let’s be honest, he was probably right.
After a fruitful spell at Madrid where Alonso received many honours for club and country including two European Championships and a World Cup for Spain, he would make the final move of his career to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
Despite having the opportunity to play at fellow giants of football Real Madrid and Bayern, it is no secret that Liverpool still holds a special place in his heart.
In an interview in January this year, Alonso stated that he “dreams of managing Liverpool in the future” but “first I have to prove myself”. Time will tell whether this dream plays out but his passion for management as well as his passion for Liverpool is clear.
Xabi is currently in the process of completing his UEFA Elite coaching course in illustrious company such as Xavi Hernandez, Raúl and Victor Valdes, whilst assuming a coaching role for one of Real Madrid’s youth sides.
With Steven Gerrard already taking big steps in management at Scottish side Rangers who have recently secured a place in the UEFA Europa League, it’s safe to say that the future at Liverpool regarding coaching looks very bright.