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27.11.2010 11:33

Masche & Xabi: two Reds meet again

Jordi Clos

Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso played together at Liverpool from 2007 to 2009. They, and Steven Gerrard, formed one of the best midfields in the world, but on Monday they’ll be playing against each other at the Camp Nou.

Barça v Madrid will be a star-studded affair, with quality duels wherever you look. The Argentinian and Basque stars Mascherano and Xabi Alonso will star in one of these, with the added interest that the duo helped write some of the finest pages in the Liverpool history books.

Alonso first, Mascherano second

Xabi Alonso went to Anfield in 2004, after leaving his lifelong club Real Sociedad. Rafa Benítez had always fancied the player, and his intuition proved right. In his first season, he helped take the team to its fifth European Cup, beating Milan in that incredible final.

In 2007, the Reds were joined by Javier Mascherano, who wasn’t getting games at West Ham. Benítez felt he deserved more and was right again, for the South American and Xabi Alonso proved the ideal support for Steven Gerrard, and Liverpool once again made it to the Champions League final, although this time, Milan got their revenge.

Historic game with Madrid

They never won the Premier League, but Mascherano and Xabi Alonso excelled in the European stage. In the 2008/09, the English club enjoyed one of its greatest nights ever, when they humiliated Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield. ‘Masche’ played the whole game, while Xavi came off after 60 minutes.

Good friends

javier-mascherano_liverpool.jpgThat was Xabi Alonso’s last season at Liverpool. In 2009 he left for Real Madrid, and Mascherano followed him to La Liga a year later, but to Barça. They meet on Monday at the Camp Nou and the Argentinian is looking forward to the reencounter. “I shared three year with him and it was an honour. He’s a great player and person, and a very good friend of mine”, he said. They have played each other before, but at international level.
Masche & Xabi: two Reds meet again
Arbeloa as well
Apart from Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano will also be meeting an old colleague in Álvaro Arbeloa. The Madrid full back was on the Liverpool books from 2007 to 2009.

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