Real Madrid duo Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso sent a special message to Reds manager Kenny Dalglish – thanking him for allowing them to rediscover their love of watching Liverpool again.
Both Spaniards left Anfield for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009, but retain close ties to their former club, and as such they both endured difficult times while the Reds were underperforming at the start of the season.
"Always when I can, I try to watch Liverpool," Arbeloa told SI.com.
"This past season at the beginning it was a little bit difficult and when they have changed the manager, I think they have improved a lot and finished better."
Liverpool's early season dip was quickly resolved with the January arrival of Dalglish who guided the Reds to a sixth placed finish, and Arbeloa attributes their return to form to the change in style of play instilled by the Kop idol.
"I think Liverpool is the type of team that has to play more football. Technically they have some really good players and they need to play more football," he continued.
"I think with Kenny Dalglish, who was one of the best players in the history of Liverpool, they look more confident and they improved a lot."
Alonso echoed, "Liverpool have a new idea of how to play and that comes from Kenny, as well as Steve Clarke, who's done a great job.
"That's going to be important to create a style, and that's what they're going to try to work on. And now, when they sign new players, try to jell them as well as possible."
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