Former Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie has reiterated his claims that Charlie Adam can be as good - if not better - than Xabi Alonso.

The Spanish international became a cult hero during his five-years at Anfield, although left for Real Madrid under a cloud in 2009 after falling out with manager Rafael Benitez.

Whether the Reds have ever properly replaced the 30-year-old remains up for debate between the club's loyal fans, but Gillespie insists Scottish international Adam is the man who could go on to bigger and better things on Merseyside following his summer arrival.

"Adam's performances all season have been excellent. He's a midfield player that makes things happen. He hurts teams, and he hurts defences with his passing," said Gillespie whilst co-commentating during the 1-0 win over QPR at the weekend.

"I like him, and I've gone on record as saying I think he's got all the capabilities of being better than Xabi Alonso. I stick by that.

"He also gives you goals as well; he created a great chance for Suarez against QPR. I think he's a great player."

Adam joined Liverpool from Blackpool for a reported £7 million during the summer transfer window, having failed to help the Tangerines avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League by the narrowest of margins.

Gillespie, meanwhile, is a former Scottish international who spent eight years playing for the Reds between 1983 and 1991. He also played for Coventry and Celtic during a 20-year career.

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