Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, fed up with being surplus to requirements, has demanded Liverpool sell him.
Well, that’s what The Guardian reckon.
Alonso, a recent transfer target for Juventus and Arsenal, wants to be sold having become disillusioned with the manager’s attempts to finance the Barry deal by off-loading the Spain international amid concerns that his first team chances will be reduced this season. The 26-year-old has not submitted a transfer request, but has asked the club to renew its efforts to sell him in the coming weeks – a stance that will alert the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger.
Funny that, given The Liverpool Echo’s David Prenticebelieves the Spanish ace has a future on Merseyside after an excellent pre-season: “against Liege on Wednesday the Spaniard was clearly trying to influence matters at both ends of the pitch, in addition to producing some of his trademark long-range passes.”
Whether or not Alonso really is off depends a lot on whether Liverpool finally bring Gareth Barry to Anfield; however, all the evidence this week suggests the deal is of. After all, why sign a player who would be cup-tied for the Champions League until the new year AND then sell Alonso who has a European pedigree most players would jump at the chance to share.
Personally, on the day the season starts, The Guardian’s claim that Alonso’s off and that ” cracks [are beginning to] show in the Liverpool hierarchy smacks of the London media doing their best to undermine the positivity that’s been growing at the club over the summer.
Fresh on the back of a dire mid-week Champions League qualifier against Standard Liege, though, and it looks like everyone is writing off the squads title chances and talking about disunity in the club. Hell, even former Red Mark Lawrenson is trying to put the boot in.
Yesterday’s press-conference showed Benitez was fed up with the media. Hopefully, by the end of Saturday, his squad will have lifted the current doom and gloom the British media seems to be casting over Liverpool FC with a first rate performance at Sunderland.