When Liverpool sold Xabi Alonso back in 2009 it did seem like a massive error to the fans, it is now clear that the Liverpool players felt the same, well Steven Gerrard at least
“It was clear Alonso was royalty after our first training session together in August 2004, and Rafa Benitez, who had been so clever to buy him in the first place, was equally stupid to sell him to Real Madrid five years later,” Gerrard wrote.
“He was, by some distance, the best central midfielder I ever played alongside.
“It was a disastrous decision to sell Alonso, and especially for just £30 million — which looks a snip now when you reflect on all he has achieved subsequently, both at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and with Spain, winning the Euros and the World Cup.
“I blame Rafa entirely for the loss of Alonso. He could still have been playing for Liverpool six or seven years after he left in 2009.”
Gerrard is 100% right to slam Benitez for that decision, it was one of the worst he ever made, if not the worst.