Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to Liverpool.
The news will come as a major blow to Brendan Rodgers and his side as Alonso is the second midfielder to reject the chance to move to Anfield in the space of a week.
The Reds were close to signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk but the playmaker eventually chose to join German side Borussia Dortmund.
After failing to sign Mkhitaryan, Rodgers then turned his attentions to Liverpool legend Alonso and he revealed that he wants to talk to the club owners about potentially re-signing the Spainard who was a hero during his time at Anfield.
Liverpool's owners do not like spending big money on players over 30, but it was apparent that Rodgers was eager to bend those rules in order to sign Alonso.
However, it now looks like even if Rodgers is able to bid for Alonso, his offer will be rejected as the Spaniard himself doesn't want to play in England again.
"The Premier League? No," he said when asked if he was moving back this summer. "No way, no chance."
Former teammate Steven Gerrard said back in November that he would love to have Alonso back in the Liverpool colours and admitted that he is the greatest midfielder he has ever played alongside, but unfortunately for Gerrard it appears that a dream return to Anfield is no longer on the cards.
However the Spaniard's contract runs out this time next season so a deal could be struck then - but for now it appears Alonso is set on staying at Real Madrid.
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