Liverpool finally agree deal with Real Madrid for Xabi Alonso. So who will Rafa buy now?

Liverpool have this evening agreed a deal with Real Madrid for the sale of Xabi Alonso.

 It was only a matter of time really, wasn’t it?

Today’s news brings to an end Alonso’s 5 year stay on Merseyside. The Spanish midfielder joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad back in 2004 and has since gone on to make nearly 200 appearances.

It’s fair to say that Alonso will be sadly missed by the large majority of Liverpool fans, but hey, at least Rafa Benitez now has £30 million at his disposal to spend on a replacement.

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