Which former Liverpool player does Jack Wilshere watch regularly…
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere watches former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso on his iPad, and he believes that the clips help make him a better player.
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Reports in the Daily Mirror quote the 22-year-old, who was full of praise for the Bayern Munich man: “I have been watching Xabi Alonso on video in the past couple of weeks. He had a record number of passes in one game, 200 in one match, which is ridiculous.
“Watching players like him and Andrea Pirlo you learn how intelligent they are on the ball. In that role it’s important to understand that if you lose the ball the opposition are in a dangerous position to counter-attack.
“You learn how they use the ball and you learn when it’s a good time to dribble or sometimes pass. I enjoy playing that role. I enjoy getting on the ball and starting attacks.
“I get clips of Alonso through on my iPad. The analyst guys here send them to me and they highlight some of his key points, his key strengths. It’s a 20- to 25-minute package. It’s part and parcel of learning. Even when I watch my own games back, I think ‘what am I doing now, I should have done that’.”
CaughtOffside now counts down the top five masterful midfielders worth watching for inspiration – click on page two to begin the slideshow: