Steven Gerrard jokes 'that's why I used to take them' as footage shows ex-Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso hitting the crossbar from a free-kick... ahead of Bayer Leverkusen's Europa League final defeat

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By Michael Pavitt

Published: 07:07 EDT, 23 May 2024 | Updated: 07:25 EDT, 23 May 2024

Steven Gerrard has poked nosy astatine his erstwhile Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso aft footage showed nan Bayer Leverkusen leader hitting nan crossbar from a free footwear up of nan Europa League final.

A clip was posted connected nan Europa League accounts up of nan showpiece successful Dublin, which saw Alonso's Leverkusen broadside look Atalanta.

The erstwhile Spain, Liverpool and Real Madrid prima concisely returned to his playing days by lining up a free footwear from extracurricular nan box, minus a wall.

Alonso attempted to curl nan shot into nan apical correct manus area of nan net, but nan 42-year-old saw his effort deed nan framework of nan extremity earlier bouncing away.

The Leverkusen leader turned distant successful frustration, while nan effort prompted a joke from his erstwhile Liverpool team-mate Gerrard.

Xabi Alonso was seen taking a free footwear up of nan Europa League last successful Dublin

The Bayer Leverkusen leader saw his free footwear bounce backmost disconnected nan crossbar astatine nan Aviva Stadium

Alonso was seen turning distant successful vexation aft being denied during nan training session

Former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard joked astatine Alonso's disbursal connected societal media

'That's why I utilized to return them,' quipped Gerrard, nan now head of Saudi Pro League nine Al-Ettifaq, connected Instagram.

Despite Gerrard's joke, Alonso had enjoyed occurrence from dormant shot situations during his clip astatine Anfield betwixt 2004 and 2009.

Alonso had opened his relationship for Liverpool pinch a curling free footwear against Fulham successful 2004.

The Spaniard scored 2 further free kicks for nan nine earlier departing for Real Madrid, having scored 18 goals for Liverpool successful total.

Gerrard, however, had mostly remained Liverpool's free footwear taker during his legendary profession pinch nan club.

The erstwhile nine skipper scored 10 successful full for nan Reds.

The Europa League last itself would beryllium a much frustrating juncture for Alonso, pinch Leverkusen undone by an inspired capacity from Ademola Lookman.

Alonso played pinch Gerrard successful nan Liverpool midfield for 5 years betwixt 2004 and 2009

Gerrard had mostly remained Liverpool's free footwear taker passim his clip astatine nan club

Alonso had a difficult nighttime successful Dublin arsenic he Leverkusen broadside mislaid 3-0 successful nan Europa League final

Lookman scored a superb hat-trick arsenic Atalanta earned a 3-0 triumph to triumph nan Europa League.

The resulted ended Leverkusen's 51-game unbeaten run, extinguishing their hopes of a treble having already won nan Bundesliga.

'For me, nan consequence coming does not alteration 1 spot really I consciousness astir my players aliases what we person been doing,' Alonso told nan BBC station match.

'It hurts because we wanted to assistance nan trophy but you can't person everything. We lifted nan Bundesliga and we person nan chance to assistance nan DFB Pokal connected Saturday.'

Alonso's broadside will purpose to bounce backmost from nan achy conclusion successful the German Cup final. 

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