Xabi Alonso Encourages Arsenal Midfield Target To Join Liverpool
According to talkSPORT, Liverpool hero Xabi Alonso has encouraged Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi to join Liverpool. The Spanish midfielder is a deep-lying player, not too dissimilar from Alonso himself and is a long-term target for Arsenal.
With Steven Gerrard on his way to the MLS in the summer, Liverpool are keen to find the perfect replacement. The 24-year-old Illarramendi is an excellent option for Liverpool as he is very intelligent, has a good range of passing and even better positional awareness.
Competition from other clubs such as Arsenal may prove challenging for Liverpool. Last summer we saw Liverpool lose out to Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez, even though the Scousers were rumoured to have offered more money AND had Luis Suarez as a bargaining chip. One thing seems certain: Liverpool must retain their Champions League place and show further ambition in the transfer market and/or keeping current players such as Raheem Sterling.