Reds had hoped to lure former fans’ favourite back to Anfield this summer.
Liverpool’s hopes of being able to re-sign former midfield star Xabi Alonso on a free transfer from Spanish giants Real Madrid at the end of this season have ended after the Spaniard put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The highly rated Spain international spent five hugely successful years playing in central midfield for the Merseysiders between 2004 and 2009 under previous Reds head coach Rafa Benitez.
However, after falling out with his compatriot, Alonso left Anfield in August 2009 for a whopping fee of £30 million, with the holding midfield player having since carried on with his fine form in the centre of the park for los Blancos since deciding to quit Liverpool.
But with Alonso’ s contract in the Spanish capital set to run out on June 30 2014, and there being no sign of any new deal being on the table for the 31-year-old, it had appeared certain that the player who leave the White House on a lucrative free transfer at the climax to this campaign and move back to the English Premier League.
All hopes, though, that the Merseysiders’ fans had of once again seeing the Spaniard in the red of Liverpool are now over though, with Alonso tied to Madrid until the summer of 2016.