July 25, 2009. The Riverpoint, Clarke Quay, Singapore. As part of their promotional appearance in the Lion City, the entire team and training staff of Liverpool FC took a boat ride (in three boats) through the historic river that once began the thriving Singapore economy.
The team was relaxed, perhaps next to being on the pitch, the one they were most at ease during their four-day stay.
During the match, the biggest praise, applause, and loudest chants were reserved for Xabi Alonso. There were even banners pleading with him to stay. During the press conference, when Rafa Benitez was asked about Alonso staying orgoing, the Spanish coach said of his countryman, "Why don't you ask him? He is in a better position to answer that?"
Well, less than a week after the trip... Alonso is asking for a trade to Real Madrid. To compound matters, Javier Mascherano is linked with a move to FC Barcelona. That's two from their excellent midfield corps. Who's going to help out Yossi Benayoun?
I'm obviously not happy with that. I'm sure the Alonso move will go down. As for Mascherano....
My only consolation is that I saw them in their final match for Liverpool.
And then there were two (left from the 2005 Euro Champion team)... Gerrard and Carra.