Former Liverpool midfielder, Xabi Alonso says he realised the Merseyside club was special from the first day he joined.
The 35-year-old veteran midfielder who confirmed he will be retiring at the end of the season joined Liverpool in 2004.
It was a change for the Spaniard, who spent five years at Real Sociedad, before spending five years with Liverpool.
“My time in England was, for me, spectacular. I was 22, it was my first experience of living on my own and of living somewhere which wasn’t my home town,” Alonso said of Liverpool, who play Burnley on Sunday live on Sky Sports.
“Until that moment I was living with my parents and I knew everything in the neighbourhood.
“It was when I became an adult and I realised in that first year at Liverpool what a special club it is, with all the history and the tradition of Liverpool. From the first day you realise how big it is.”