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When Liverpool greats Carragher, Gerrard and Hamann spoke, I listened - Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso says he paid plenty of attention to a particular trio of Liverpool players during his time with the club.

The Bayern Munich midfielder starred for the Reds from 2004 until 2009 but his positive impact would not have been made possible if it weren't for the presence of Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Didi Hamann.

Alonso recalled the following for 'Ring of Fire' - a book of Liverpool players' stories into the 21st century: "Carra, Stevie, Sami and Didi were all huge influences on everyone else.

"All different characters, strong personalities. When each one of them spoke, I listened.

"They helped me improve as a player and as a person, and when I went back to Spain to play for the national team I felt a lot stronger through the experiences shared with them."

Andrew Slevison
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