Liverpool's Istanbul heroes all but gone after Xabi sale

Real Madrid's capture of Xabi Alonso illustrates the massive changes at Liverpool since manager Rafa Benitez's arrival.

Real Madrid's capture of Xabi Alonso illustrates the massive changes at Liverpool since manager Rafa Benitez's arrival.

Assuming all goes well, he will join his former Liverpool team-mates Alvaro Arbeloa - who moved to Real last week for £3.5million - and goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek at the Bernabeu.

Alonso and Dudek were part of the famous night in Istanbul when Liverpool lifted the European Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan.

Now only Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher remain at the club from the 18 players on the team sheet in Istanbul that night.