Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso back to Anfield. The People says he would love to reunite him in midfield with old pal Xabi Alonso by sealing an £8.5million deal for the Real Madrid star.

And Reds legend Steven Gerrard is the man Rodgers may rely on to lure former team-mate Alonso back to the club and thrill the fans. The Reds have been looking into the transfer since learning that talks between the 31-year-old midfielder and Real Madrid over a new deal had stalled.

Liverpool are believed to have made contact with Alonso's agent, with talk of an £80,000-a-week deal on the table.

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