Xabi Alonso admits he was surprised to see Liverpool in the same group as Real Madrid in the Champions League draw.
The Spanish midfielder made a move from the Santiago Bernabéu to the Allianz Arena in the summer transfer window after winning the Champions League at Madrid and was having his medical at Bayern when the Champions League group-stage draw was done in France.
However, Alonso reveals he felt 'a little shock in my mind' as his former clubs were put in the same group.
“It was painful not to see Liverpool in the Champions League,” Alonso told liverpoolfc.com. “The club has that charm and that prestige that you want to see them back in the Champions League.
“That’s why I am so happy that they are back playing against the best teams in Europe. That’s where they deserve to be.
“When the draw was made, it was like a little shock in my mind because I remember that I was going through the medical session at Munich. I came out from the scan and my agent asked me if I'd seen the draw.
“I told him I hadn't and he told me it was Liverpool and Madrid. It was like a shock in my body, because when I was still in Madrid, I was really happy that Liverpool were back in the Champions League.
“I was thinking, ‘I would love to go back [and play against Liverpool] at Anfield,’ because it’s been so important for me and I wanted to be there.”