Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wanted Xabi Alonso return
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher admits he was disappointed Xabi Alonso opted to join Bayern Munich ahead of England return
Jamie Carragher has admitted that he would have liked former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso to seal a return to the Premier League this summer.
The Spain international joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in a £8m deal from Champions League holders Real Madrid last month, becoming one of a select number of players to have worked under rivals Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
I’d have loved to have seen Xabi Alonso come back to the Premier League
The 32-year-old midfielder was a key part of Liverpool’s Champions League and FA Cup triumphs under Rafael Benitez, sealing a move to los Blancos after the Reds finished as runners-up in the Premier League title race in 2009.
Alonso was linked with a return to his former club, as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer transfer window after Toni Kroos joined Madrid, but opted to complete a move to Bundesliga outfit Bayern.
And the World Cup winner’s former Liverpool team-mate Carragher conceded that he was disappointed to see Alonso pick Germany over a potential return to the Premier League.
“I’d have loved to have seen Xabi Alonso come back to the Premier League instead of moving to Bayern Munich. He’s such a good passer of the ball,” Carragher is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
On Alonso, ex-Liverpool midfielder Redknapp added: “I agree with Jamie on Alonso and would have also liked to have seen Arsenal sign Falcao. They are so close to being title contenders.”