Xabi Alonso: 'My first season in Liverpool will always be remembered as the road to Istanbul'
- Xabi Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004.
- His first season under Rafa saw the Reds reach Istambul final.
- Ex-Red says it defines his whole Liverpool career.
Xabi Alonso sat down with www.coachesvoice.com for an extensive interview, in which he admitted that his first Liverpool season has very well set the tone for the rest of his career with the Reds.
"Of course, my first season in Liverpool will always be remembered as the road that led to Istanbul. I could talk a lot about that road.
"For me, though, there is one step along it that stands out. A step without which we would never have reached the Champions League final that year.
"It came on the night of December 8 2004: the first magic night at Anfield that I lived.
"We were playing against Olympiakos. It was our final game of the group stages, and at half-time we were losing 1-0. To go through, we now needed to score three goals.
"One by one, we got them. You don’t need me to remind you that Stevie scored the final one in the dying minutes of the game.
"But I’m sure that the Kop is entitled to at least one of those goals. Because the energy and the passion they delivered that night – it was unbelievable. Anfield was rocking. You have to be there to experience such a beautiful night.
"Really, it was magic."