Cape Town - Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was
impressed by Liverpool's form in the 2017/18 season, despite their UEFA
Champions League final loss.
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid
and thus failed to pick up their first Champions League title since 2005.
However, Alonso, who was part of Rafa Benitez's side that year, has insisted
that the 2017/18 season was a success despite their final heartbreak.
"It's unbelievable, what they have
achieved. And not just their result of reaching the final, the way they have
been able to build an idea of how they want to play," he told Liverpool's
"From this strong base, now they have
to continue building, adapting and improving. I think that's very important,
that they have in this moment this idea about the team, about how they want to
In Alonso's final season at Liverpool
before his transfer to Real Madrid, the Reds lost the 2008/09 Premier League
title to Manchester United by a mere four points. The Spaniard has urged the
current crop of Liverpool players to go one better.
"The next step is not securing top
four, it is challenging for the title and that's the big one that probably is
the most difficult one," Alonso claimed.
"We know Liverpool, they can beat
anyone, but they need to find that consistency to be regular in the whole
season. We were close, and we didn't make it -- hopefully they can make
Liverpool finished fourth for the second
successive season in 2017/18, 25 points behind Champions Manchester City.
However, the fact that they knocked Pep Guardiola's side out of the Champions
League quarter-finals will give hope to the Anfield faithful that 2019 could
really be their year.