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Xabi Alonso at Anfield.

Xabi Alonso has a 'Justice for the 96' sticker on his Bayern Munich locker

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Xabi Alonso is pretty well ensconced as a Liverpool legend thanks to his successful spell at Anfield between 2004 and 2009.

The Spanish midfielder helped Liverpool to their famous 2005 Champions League win, and was also part of the club's equally iconic FA Cup win against West Ham in 2006.

The 34-year-old left to join Real Madrid before linking up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in 2014, however he's always kept Liverpool close to his heart.

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While recent speculation suggesting Alonso could be on his way back to Liverpool from Bayern turned out to be untrue, there is at least a small part of Liverpool IN Bayern. That's because he has a small 'Justice for the 96' sticker in his locker, in reference to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

The fact was revealed by @LFCpictures on Twitter ahead of Bayern Munich's cup clash against Darmstadt.

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While it's unclear whether Alonso himself put the sticker there, or it was the work of Liverpool fans on a stadium tour, it's undeniable that the former Real Sociedad man remains fond of his former employers.

“Of course, Liverpool is a special city for me," he said in a recent interview. "It’s where I started to become a man. Until I got there, I was living with my parents, so it’s where I had to start doing things on my own and settle down.

“From the first day, everyone was so kind to me and really friendly. My first son was born there, so it’s always going to be special.

“We will always have that special link with the city and the club, because the club is so important in the city - it’s like a religion. You feel it when you get there.”

Liverpool seem further away from repeating the glorious European nights that Alonso experienced after playing out a 0-0 draw against German outfit Augsburg in midweek. Ahead of the return leg at Anfield on Thursday, manager Jurgen Klopp is adamant that his side can win the competition and earn qualification to the Champions League via the back door.

“What can I say, we are in the last 32," the German said. "We can see the line. But I cannot say this is our only chance of being in the Champions League. It’s a chance. A few teams in the world can think about winning the Europa League and I think we are one of these teams."

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Bayern Munich
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Liverpool
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