Gerrard: I was left heartbroken when this player quit Liverpool

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He represented Real Sociedad, Eibar, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. "Loved it. Farewell attractive game." on his personal Twitter, which has since received over 150k retweets.

The pair played at Anfield together for five years between 2004-09 before Alonso moved to Real Madrid for £30 million.

Alonso has enjoyed a career filled with trophies at the highest level, which include two European Championships and a World Cup triumph with Spain, and is delighted to be able to retire at the top level.

But the soon to be retired Spanish midfielder has revealed that he does indeed have a few nagging failures that still bother him.

"I'm very jealous of you having a World Cup winner's medal, I'm very jealous of you having league titles in Germany and Spain, but you deserve it mate".

Now at Bayern Munich, Xabi Alonso is retiring at the end of the season after the German club won the Bundesliga title for the fifth time consecutively.

"I told him when I leave, or the club sack me, I don't care who'll be my successor but I'd love that he'd be it", said Klopp. The answer provided by most Liverpool fans when questioned on the club's greatest midfield pairing of the last 20 years.

"But maybe that would be too much to ask, too ideal". "I believe the most important thing has been the game and not all that surrounds it with the media noise, I have always aimed to play pure football".

Xabi Alonso will retire as one of the best midfielders of our generation. Even now he is producing game after game, and no doubt he could play on for another three years.

What a player. Thank you, Xabi.