"I've never seen anyone pass the ball as well as Xabi.
It's like watching another version of Stevie Gerrard. He is a great, great player. It's amazing he's only 22-years-old. He may have cost £10m but he looks worth every penny of that."
Riise in September 2004
"The more I watch Benítez’ £10m investment, Xabi Alonso, the more I marvel. Why am I surprised that such a young man, who studies the game so intently, should be improving while still four years from the start of his prime? I shouldn't. He is getting stronger, reads the game superbly, passes sublimely, and tackles assuredly and bravely."
Paul Tomkins in his column on liverpoolfc.tv in the 2005-2006 season
"There was a real suspense surrounding my penalty - it was like something out of a Hitchcock movie!"
Xabi Alonso on the penalty he missed to bring Liverpool level, only to net the rebound in Istanbul
"I don't remember a former youth team player causing such an impact at the club. Everyone seems to play better when he is on the pitch and there is no doubt that he is going to be a very important player for Real Sociedad."
John Toshack was Real Sociedad's coach when Alonso made his Sociedad debut
The sale of Arbeloa, Hyypia and Alonso was an important loss. Alvaro was a player who did a vital job for us, always played to a high level and his flexibility was a huge bonus. Sami may not have played every week but he was a 10 out of 10 on and off the pitch, bringing calm to the ground and having everyone's admiration. And Xabi … players like Xabi are very rare. He was the team's engine and you know that when you change an engine, it takes time to work again.
Torres on Liverpool's downfall in the 2009-2010 season
I am still a Liverpool fan and will be forever, absolutely. The things that I have lived and the experiences I had during those five years are deep in my heart and the passion and respect I had for the club and its supporters are still the same. Hopefully I can transmit to my son what Liverpool Football Club means and how special it is, as he was born in the city.
Xabi Alonso in The Times in 2011