Date: 8th December 2010 at 8:20am
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There was a surprise face in the stands on Monday night when Liverpool took on Aston Villa. Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso was in Anfield to witness Liverpool trounce Aston Villa 3-0. So I ask myself the question, “What was Xabi Alonso doing at Anfield?”

La Liga is not a break yet so you can not say Alonso was here on holiday. And even if that were the case, why would he come to the rain and gloom at Liverpool and leave the slightly warmer temperatures of Madrid? Or could it simply be that Alonso misses Liverpool? I am sure deep down Alonso still has a soft spot for Liverpool. I will be the first to admit that I would love it if Alonso were to return to Liverpool one day but I think I am wishing for too much. It was great to see Alonso in the stands, it is not too often that you see a former player returning to watch his team play.

It is also said that Alonso joined up with Torres after the game to celebrate the birth of Fernando’s son.

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 07: Xabi Alonso of Real Madrid during the pre-season friendly soccer match against Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7, 2010 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Real Madrid will travel back to Spain after the soccer match completing their pre-season USA tour. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)