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Steven Gerrard left devastated after 'stupid' Liverpool transfer

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The basics of Alonso’s Anfield exit are well-known.

The words of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard when when reflecting on Xabi Alonso’s 2009 transfer to Real Madrid in his latest autobiography back in 2015.

READ MORE: Liverpool fans sent brutal message after 'wasted talent' who left Sir Alex Ferguson fuming READ MORE: and on heart' - Gary Neville makes blunt claim over Liverpool squad strength Yet what makes such ill-feeling even more curious is none of it is aimed at the player or their actions taken to conduct such a move.

"It was a disastrous decision to sell Alonso.

I blame Rafa entirely for the loss of Alonso."

He is not alone with the Reds fanbase still rueing the playmaker’s exit even now, 12 years on from his move to the Bernabeu, even if Premier League and Champions League glory under Jurgen Klopp has healed wounds somewhat in recent years.

But even though Alonso handed in a transfer request to force through his switch to the Bernabeu, he avoided such bitterness when calling time on his Liverpool career.
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