Alonso excited by Reds switch
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool target Xabi Alonso is excited at the prospect of playing under Rafa BenitezLiverpool target Xabi Alonso has revealed that Rafa Benitez has played a big part in persuading him to move to England.
Alonso is set to seal a move to Anfield later this week after his club Real Sociedad agreed a deal with Liverpool.
The Spanish international is excited at the prospect of working alongside Benitez and believes he can help Liverpool become serious challengers for the title this season.
"Not only is Benitez a great coach, he is a master of psychology. He can make the players become friends and he can help them perform to a higher level," said Alonso.
"This is how he enabled Valencia to triumph in La Liga.
"I believe under Benitez our work will be excellent. I am convinced that this season The Reds can be considered to win the championship."
The 22-year-old admitted he snubbed Real Madrid to move to Liverpool and that it is a dream come true for him to play for The Reds.
"Liverpool are one of those clubs that any player always dreams about playing for.
"It is sad that I will not be in the same team as Michael Owen but sometimes things change in life and the future is still positive.
"When it came down to a choice between Madrid and Liverpool I chose Liverpool.
"They are the club that showed the biggest interest in me."
Meanwhile, Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini claims Liverpool are still keen on luring him to England.
The Milan defender claimed his agent had held talks with Liverpool officials last month while he was playing in the Copa America and he suggests they are still interested in him.
"I have heard that Liverpool still want to sign me. I hope this can happen as Liverpool are a very big club," said Coloccini.
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