Date: 25th May 2011 at 9:29am
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Ever since Xabi Alonso left Liverpool, many fans wondered why did he leave. For many of us it was obvious speculation that Alonso left because of Rafa Benitez. Benitez made it clear that he wanted to sign Gareth Barry and replace him with Xabi Alonso. Now Xabi has spoken out and told us exactly what happened.

“At the end of that season, speaking to Rafa, he told me the situation and that he wanted to sign other players and I could be one of the replacements,” Alonso told Liverpool’s official website.

“If an offer would have come, probably I would have been sold. That’s when I told myself that the situation had changed – from being a very important player to being one of those who can be sold to get funds to sign other players.

“I accepted it because I am a professional but you have to realise what your situation is. At the end nothing happened because there was no agreement and we started my last season in Liverpool, but knowing what had happened.

“I didn’t know what would happen but at the end of the season, knowing what had happened, I felt if another option was to come I needed to take another step in my career.

“It was very difficult to take that decision, but it was probably for the best for me because I was not comfortable with that situation and if I had stayed another season it would have been uncomfortable for me.

“I was really happy with the team and my team-mates and felt that we could do great things. I was happy on that side but within a club you have to see the big picture and another season would have been too much for me.

“As soon as the season finished I talked to the manager. I knew that maybe Madrid were coming and I said if the terms were good then I wanted to leave.”

So now we know the real reason that Alonso left and we can firmly blame Rafa for letting go of one of the best midfielders in the world. I have heard some fans say that the season before Alonso left Liverpool he had a very poor season and thus he should have been sold. But his final season for Liverpool he was certainly one of the best players we had as we came so close to winning the league. Surely after Alonso had found his form again it did not make sense to mess up a team that had come so close. Liverpool have not been able to replace Alonso since we sold him to Real Madrid and Alonso has gone on to be a key player in Madrid amongst a whole bunch of other stars.

Thank you for explaining to us what exactly happened Xabi. Now we can stop speculating on why you left.