The former midfielder, who retired from
the professional game at the end of last
season, will put his boots on again for
the charity fixture on Saturday March 24
that is set to raise funds for the Liverpool
Stellar names such as Steven Gerrard,
Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, captain
Robbie Fowler and many more are
signed up for the clash with a Bayern
squad containing a host of familiar faces
from the Bundesliga giants’ recent
Alonso is among them, of course, after a
three-year spell in Munich but at the
forefront of the Spaniard’s thoughts is a
return to the place he called – and made
– home between 2004 and 2009.
“It’s going to be special for many
reasons,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Firstly, to be back at Anfield. Secondly,
I’m putting my boots back on – I haven’t
done it since my last game in May.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere. We
know how special the fans are and how
much they support these games. I’m
really looking forward to it.”
It is almost a decade since Alonso
departed Anfield but his popularity
among Liverpool supporters remains
undiminished – and the appreciation is
“I feel the love and the connection. Since I
left we have kept that alive – for me, it’s
great to have that feeling,” he said.
“Whenever I go back to Liverpool, or
wherever I am in the world, Liverpool
supporters come to me and we talk
about whichever game. That will stay the
The 36-year-old intends to play a half for
each side on the afternoon, but doesn’t
believe the actual experience of facing
the Reds will be a strange one.
He added: “It will be nice. I have a very
recent link and that feeling with Bayern.
So for me it’s a perfect game. To play a
half with each team is going to be really,
really nice, and to see old friends again
back on the pitch.”