'Best stadium in the world' – Liverpool icon Xabi Alonso explains Anfield aura

Xabi Alonso leads out Liverpool's legends for a game against Manchester United at Anfield.
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Liverpool icon Xabi Alonso has hailed Anfield as the 'best stadium in the world' after appearing for the Reds in a legends match against Manchester United on Saturday.

Alonso was part of a victorious Liverpool side in Saturday's fixture, which was won thanks to goals from Mark Gonzalez and Florent Sinama-Pongolle after Dimitar Berbatov had opened the scoring for United.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website after the game, Alonso said: "I loved it after some time without playing these kind of games.

"You still know that you feel it, you have it inside and whenever you have the chance it awakens [you]. I really loved it and a great cause, great atmosphere, best stadium in the world. Great day.

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"[Anfield is] different. You have pretty stadiums all over the world, great atmospheres, Champions League nights - but this is Anfield.

"The soul, the stands, the lights, it's different and it's pure football. That's why we love it as a player, as a fan, as anyone that comes."

The 40-year-old showed that his technique is very much intact and added that he hopes to be back on the pitch at Anfield in future.

"That doesn't change – many things change, the legs change, the strength changes," he said. 

But once you have that understanding after playing so many years, it is still there. As long as I can enjoy and I can play here, I will love to come back."

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.