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Liverpool news: Steven Gerrard pays tribute to Xabi Alonso

by 19/05/2017 09:19:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to Xabi Alonso ahead of his final ever match 
  • The Spanish midfielder will hang up his boots as the Bundesliga season finishes 
  • Gerrard sent a live video message to Alonso as the Spaniard watched on 
  • Liverpool legend Gerrard admits it broke his heart when Alonso left the club
  • Pep Guardiola has also paid tribute and thanked Alonso for their time together
  • Bayern Munich paid tribute to both Alonso and Philip Lahm in their final training session with the club on Friday 

By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

Published: 11:55 BST, 19 May 2017 | Updated: 14:19 BST, 19 May 2017

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has paid an emotional tribute to his former team-mate Xabi Alonso with a live video message, ahead of the Spaniard playing his final ever game in professional football.

Alonso will retire at the end of the season following Bayern Munich's final game of the campaign against Freiburg on Saturday, hanging up his boots after a career which has yielded both World Cup and Champions League winning medals.

And to mark the special occasion Gerrard sent a video message to his former central midfield partner, played live on FC Bayern TV while Alonso himself watched on.

Bayern themselves also took the opportunity to pay a personal tribute to Alonso and team-mate Philipp Lahm in their final training session with the club, giving both players a round of applause while broadcasting the session live.

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to Xabi Alonso ahead of his retirement 
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to Xabi Alonso ahead of his retirement 

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has paid tribute to Xabi Alonso ahead of his retirement 

Alonso watched on as Gerrard admitted he was the best midfield partner he had in his career
Alonso watched on as Gerrard admitted he was the best midfield partner he had in his career

Alonso watched on as Gerrard admitted he was the best midfield partner he had in his career

Speaking live from Liverpool's Melwood training ground where the duo spent many years together, Gerrard could be seen sitting in full Liverpool team-wear, recounting his experiences of playing alongside Alonso.

'What a special career and what a fantastic player. For me probably the most enjoyable partner throughout my career as a midfielder, the best passer of a ball I've ever played with,' Gerrard began.

As Alonso watched on live, he could be seen breaking out into a modest laugh as Gerrard continued to talk about the accolades he won during a long career in football.

The duo then shared a smile as Gerrard noted his jealously of Alonso having won both the World Cup and domestic league titles.

Gerrard played alongside Alonso for a large portion of his career with the Merseyside club
Gerrard played alongside Alonso for a large portion of his career with the Merseyside club

Gerrard played alongside Alonso for a large portion of his career with the Merseyside club

Alonso is set to bow out of football following Bayern Munich's final game against Freiburg
Alonso is set to bow out of football following Bayern Munich's final game against Freiburg

Alonso is set to bow out of football following Bayern Munich's final game against Freiburg

'You deserve all the accolades you get... I'm very jealous of you having a World Cup winners medal, I'm very jealous of you having league winners medals in Germany and Spain,' said Gerrard.

'I couldn't ask for a better midfield partner and when you left it broke my heart, but you'll always have a special place in this football club and you're always welcome to come and visit,' Gerrard added.

Alonso has taken to Twitter on Friday to acknowledge his final training session with Bayern
Alonso has taken to Twitter on Friday to acknowledge his final training session with Bayern

Alonso has taken to Twitter on Friday to acknowledge his final training session with Bayern

Bayern paid their own tribute to Alonso as he headed out for his final training session 
Bayern paid their own tribute to Alonso as he headed out for his final training session 

Bayern paid their own tribute to Alonso as he headed out for his final training session 

The German champions also honoured Philip Lahm, who is hanging his boots up this season
The German champions also honoured Philip Lahm, who is hanging his boots up this season

The German champions also honoured Philip Lahm, who is hanging his boots up this season

ALONSO'S CAREER IN TROPHIES

World Cup winner - Spain, 2010

European Champion - Spain, 2008 & 2012

Champions League winner - Liverpool 2005 & Real Madrid 2014

FA Cup winner - Liverpool 2006

Community Shield - Liverpool 2006

La Liga winner - Real Madrid 2011/12

Spanish cup winner - Real Madrid 2010/11 & 2013/14

Spanish super cup winner - Real Madrid 2012/13

German Bundesliga winner - Bayern Munich 2014/15, 2015/16 & 2016/17

German cup winner - Bayern Munich 2015/16

German super cup winner - 2016/17

UEFA Super Cup winner - Liverpool 2005, Real Madrid 2014

Spain Player of the Year - 2003 

As the tributes poured in, another special video from none other than Pep Guardiola arrived for Alonso, with the current Manchester City boss thanking the Spaniard for their time spent together in Germany. 

Guardiola and Alonso worked together for a short spell in Munich and the iconic boss took the opportunity to talk about the midfielder's seemingly inevitable next step into football management. 

'Xabi, thank you for having the courage to come to Munich for these two years together, I can't wait to see you on the touchline coaching your teams, I'm sure you'll take all the best bits from all the marvellous coaches you've worked with,' said Guardiola.

Alonso is set to take to the field for the final time as a professional footballer against Freiburg in a double celebration, as the team mark his career but also yet another domestic title.

Bayern have retained their crown in German football despite a strong challenge from newcomers RB Leipzig this season.

Victory for Bayern would see them end the campaign on 82 points from 34 games, having been defeated only twice all season. 

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