Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers plays down Xabi Alonso link

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers plays down speculation suggesting the Reds could make a move to sign Xabi Alonso

xabi alonso
Xabi Alonso spent five years at Liverpool before joining Real Madrid Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Brendan Rodgers has played down speculation suggesting Liverpool will make a bid to sign Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

The Spain international spent five years with the Reds, winning the Champions League and FA Cup, before the former Real Sociedad captain sealed a £30m move to Los Blancos in 2009.

Rodgers has been looking to sign a midfielder this summer, with Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen a reported target, as well as the 31-year-old Alonso.

But although the Liverpool manager heaped praise on Alonso for his past performances at the Anfield outfit, Rodgers described the reports as pure speculation.

“There have been probably 100 players linked with Liverpool, and Xabi Alonso has been one of them,” Rodgers said at a news conference.

“I’ve read many names from many different countries, and there have been many outstanding players. Xabi was someone who was an incredible player for the club, a wonderful role model for Liverpool.

“He’s in a different moment in his career at Real Madrid and has been one of many players linked with the football club.”

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Erling Haaland
'Rumours are fake': Fabrizio Romano says Man United are not looking to sign Erling Haaland
Thomas Tuchel
'Negotiations are progressing well': Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea FC want to sign Jules Kounde
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane (Photo: Raphael Varane / Instagram)
Fabrizio Romano: Raphael Varane set to sign five-year deal with Man United
Mikel Arteta (Photo: Arsenal Media / Screengrab)
'He is their number one target': David Ornstein gives update on Arsenal link to Aaron Ramsdale
Erling Haaland
'Rumours are fake': Fabrizio Romano says Man United are not looking to sign Erling Haaland
Thomas Tuchel
'Negotiations are progressing well': Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea FC want to sign Jules Kounde
Thomas Tuchel
Journalist reveals why Chelsea FC pulled out of race to sign Real Madrid star
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature