5 of the best Spanish players that have played for Liverpool
Liverpool has signed 19 Spanish players since the Benitez era, here is a look at 5 of the very best
Liverpool appointed Rafa Benitez as their head coach in 2004 after his success with Valencia. As soon as he arrived, he brought in a Spanish revolution at Anfield, stretching from the staff to the players.
He bought numerous players from his homeland and this approach proved to be successful. He led the team to the Champions League title, FA Community Shield, FA Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup with the Spanish players playing a crucial role.
Benitez left Liverpool in 2010 but the trend that he started hasn't changed much. There is still a trend of buying Spanish players at the club with Alberto Moreno being the most recent one to join the Reds.
This is a look at five of the greatest Spaniards to have ever played for Liverpool.
#5 Alvaro Arbeloa (2007-2009)
The Spanish full-back may not be as popular as the other players on this list, but the Real Madrid academy product had a decent spell at Anfield.
Signed from Deportivo de La Coruña in 2007, Arbeloa was brought in to replace the aging Steve Finnan at the club. He quickly made his mark at the club when he brilliantly handled Lionel Messi during his first start at the club against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Although he failed to win any silverware at Liverpool, he was a vital part of the squad which nearly ended the club's league drought in the 2008-2009 season. He played 66 games for the Reds and had scored two goals.
He left for his 'boyhood-club', Real Madrid in 2009 and won numerous trophies during his seven seasons at the Bernabeu.