Thursday, May 29, 2008

Molby warns against Alonso sale

Former Liverpool star Jan Molby feels selling midfielder Xabi Alonso would be a great loss to the Anfield side.

Alonso struggled for form and fitness last season and has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks.

Molby told BBC Radio Merseyside that the Spanish International could still have a pivotal role to play at Anfield.

"They're once in a lifetime, players who can play, players who can dominate games like he can," he said.

Alonso, a £10.5m signing from Real Sociedad, was one of the first players Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez brought to Anfield, following his own arrival from Valencia in 2004.

He has since gone on to make 161 appearances scoring 14 goals.

Benitez is looking to make changes to his squad ahead of next season and Molby concedes that some difficult decisions may have to be made to generate the finance required to make a sustained challenge for the Premier League.

"There are always players at every football club you're so reluctant to see leave and I think Xabi falls into that category.

"We don't really want him to leave but maybe it makes sense if the fee that has been bandied about is the correct fee from Juventus."

Alonso initially played in a creative role at Anfield but was moved towards more of a holding role near the end of last season following Benitez's decision to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Molby feels that the new formation could enable the Reds to win the Premier League.

"I believe it can [deliver the title]. There's obviously fewer and fewer teams playing a straight forward 4-4-2.

"It is about playing in between the lines and about picking up space. That system allows you to do that.

"I like the system, I do."



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