It is sad but true that the deal taking Alvaro Arbeloa back to Real, where he started as a 16—year—old, has been concluded and is good business with Liverpool pocketing £3.5 m.
With one year left on his current contract and the introduction of Glen Johnson into the Liverpool ranks, it was unlikely that an extension would be agreed upon after which Arbeloa would be free to move without Liverpool getting a penny.
Alas, the lure of Real was too much to turn down and Alvaro looks to pastures anew.
It will be sad to see Alvaro leave especially as he had such a steady season last time out. Maybe that is the ultimate issue. His season was steady, not spectacular. Johnson’s could, paradoxically, be both.
I don’t think that I would be wrong to say that he will be missed by fans and players alike. He always played with a smile on his face, except may be that little spat with Carragher at the tail end of last season. Even then it really was Carragher that threw the first shove.
When we scored, Arbeloa was always, if not the first, then close to it to climb all over the back of the scorer. He celebrated all our goals with such gusto. This was one of the aspects of his personality that endeared him to the fans and his teammates alike.
We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best of luck for the future. And as all ex—Liverpool players we look forward to seeing him back at Anfield, when he will, no doubt, be given a warm reception.