Xabi Alonso: How I felt when Liverpool drew Real Madrid in Champions League
Xabi Alonso left Liverpool's opponents to join Bayern Munich in August
Xabi Alonso has revealed he had a shock to his body when Liverpool drew Real Madrid in the Champions League draw.
The Spain international was having his medical at Bayern Munich when the group-stage draw was made in Monaco.
And Alonso completed his £8m switch to the Bundesliga champions, denying the midfielder an emotional return to Anfield with Madrid.
“It was painful not to see Liverpool in the Champions League,” Alonso told Liverpool’s website. “The club has that charm and that prestige that you want to see them back in the Champions League.
“That’s why I am so happy that they are back playing against the best teams in Europe. That’s where they deserve to be.
“When the draw was made, it was like a little shock in my mind because I remember that I was going through the medical session at Munich. I came out from the scan and my agent asked me if I’d seen the draw.
“I told him I hadn’t and he told me it was Liverpool and Madrid. It was like a shock in my body, because when I was still in Madrid, I was really happy that Liverpool were back in the Champions League.
“I was thinking, ‘I would love to go back [and play against Liverpool] at Anfield,’ because it’s been so important for me and I wanted to be there.”
Alonso scored the equalising goal as Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in the Champions League final in Istanbul in 2005.
And the 32-year-old, who completed a £30.75m move to Madrid from Liverpool in 2009, is still hoping to play in front of the Kop before he retires.
“Hopefully Liverpool will come through to the next stage and hopefully we can meet in the later stages,” Alonso said. “It would be like closing the circle, to be back.
“A few years ago we played with Real Madrid at Old Trafford and Cristiano Ronaldo was playing back at his old home, and it was really emotional for him. I guess that if I had to do the same, it would be very emotional. Hopefully it will happen.”
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