Ranking the best Spanish players to play for Liverpool

There have been numerous outstanding Spaniards to play at Anfield, but who were the best?
Sequence 6 of 7 - Liverpool's Luis Garci
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2. Fernando Torres

I probably don't have to explain myself a lot for this one, but I'm going to anyway! Torres is one of the classiest goal scorers this club has ever seen.

He was one of the most lethal finishers in Europe during his time at Liverpool and he helped Steven Gerrard hit a new level and vice versa. They were a dynamic 1-2 punch in attack against any defense they faced.

Fernando Torres
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Torres had blistering pace, strength on and off the ball and of course his composure in front of goal allowed him to finish sweeping moves by the Reds attack at any moment.

If he had stuck around a bit longer, the club was struggling at the time of his departure, he might have set some records at Anfield.

His peak years in this sport came as a Liverpool player where he made a mockery of some of the best defenders of his generation. He is very much one of the best Spanish players to play in England, let alone for Liverpool only.

1. Xabi Alonso

We top the these rankings with one of the smoothest operators a Liverpool midfield has ever seen. Alonso allowed the likes of Gerrard to bomb forward without the structure of the side being compromised.

However, it was his ability to play in a pivot role where he could turn defense to attack in a flash with his unlimited passing range and vision.

Not only that, he scored some incredible goals as well, particularly from distance as his shooting technique was very underrated during his playing career.

Xabi Alonso
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He formed a formidable midfield trio with Gerrard and Javier Mascherano. They were the perfect blend of everything you could ask from the centre of the park. Alonso was a winner and he made his mark in the Spanish national team even when Xavi and Iniesta were at the peak of their powers.

Rafa Benitez shockingly forcing him out in favor of chasing Gareth Barry will never not be a tough pill to swallow, especially knowing the Reds never landed Barry in the end.

Yet, in his time at Liverpool where he played 210 times scoring 18 goals to go with 19 assists, Xabi Alonso oozed class and is without a doubt the best Spaniard to play for Liverpool.