Rafa changed his own idea about selling when Alonso showed his class again but that was whilst looking for out.
Last edited by rosso76; 19-1-17 at 01:06.
One of my favourite players of all time , passing masterclass , and when he scored from his own half I actually fell off my chair laughing , what a legend
Also, Rafa did pay attention to the fans, and while they may not have been the only factor, it did influence him, as prior to that, he was in the "could do no wrong" sphere, and this was the first time he was publicly "questioned". In a couple of those games, he did acknowledge what the fans were saying, both on the sidelines, and in inteviews.
He can do a job for us that's for sure.
But surely you must remember the amount of times that Xabi was caught in possesssion for being too slow. I actually think that the PL didn't suit Xabi. Maybe thats why he seemed to play so well for Madrid, even when I see him at Bayern, in his thirties, he seems to control the game more.
Didn't know that Rafa admitted to being wrong/acknowledging fans in an interview so I accept that. It just doesn't seem like a very Rafa thing to do.
So,if not for form, why do you think he wanted to sell him?
For some reason that pen he took in the CL final always sticks in my mind I can't belive that was 12 years ago.
Very classy player and person. Obvious he still holds LFC close to his heart when he speaks of the club.
Disappointed when he left, or felt he had to leave, in his prime but glad he won major honours at Madrid & Munich.
By far one of the most underrated players we've had. Everyone wanted him dropped when he was here, and most people on here championed the signing of Barry as a replacement for him.
It's only when he went to Madrid and dominated for them that people on here realised that he's a bit good.
And to the other poster, it was'nt the sole reason, but the fan reactions were a big reason for Rafa's come-down, as it was the first time I had ever heard him back down in post-game interviews, and look as sheepish as he did on the sidelines. It was 7 years ago, but I remember that clearly.
Alonso was my favourite player of the Rafa era but with regards to Barry it made sense at the time because he and Gerrard had been really good in CM for England and forming an excellent partnership.
Of course I preferred Alonso over Gaz Baz but then Barry did go on to sign for City and became pretty integral to their league title win. So not as stupid an idea as some may think.
That said a top team like LFC who had just got to 2 CL finals in 3 years, were regularly challenging in the latter stages of that comp and for league titles should have been able to afford both Barry and Alonso in the same squad.
Last edited by Thespian; 19-1-17 at 15:04.
We should offer him a coaching role. I'd love to see him and Gerrard holding hands on the bench.
Classy guy and a great footballer ... Seems like he is hanging up his boots at about the right time. wish him and his family well.
He was certainly no Gareth Bale, but Barry was a LB by trade and had played on the left many times for Villa.
It certainly could have been a disaster, but then it could just as well have been a master stroke. We'll never know.
I don't disagree that it made little sense in theory, but then who'd have thought playing James Milner at LB and Victor Moses at RWB would work out so well for their respective teams?
Rafa had very rarely got it wrong before 2010 and had built the strongest LFC team in 20 years so I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt with that situation.
Last edited by Thespian; 20-1-17 at 10:33.
At the end of the season.
Wonderful player, still got it...
Good luck Xabi
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game.
Fantastic player, I would sign him right now for a couple of seasons but I guess he still wants to leave playing at the very top level. How many players have managed to do that at the age of 35?
What a great player
Despite his age, he still could have played at the highest level for a few more years, such was his intelligent reading of the game and the fact that he's never had pace to depend upon.
When top players approach retirement, it's often asked whether they could make it in management. For me Xabi has the pre-requisites - excellent understanding of the game, with a calm and highly respected personality. Players would love playing for him.
Classy footballer... wish the footballing gods made more of those.
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