Liverpool fan won £25,000 after DREAMING that Xabi Alonso would score from his own half - and then placing an extraordinary bet on it - when he played for the Reds

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Would you trust one of your wildest dreams enough to part with £200 on the chance it comes true? 

That's the question that Liverpool fan Adrian Hayward encountered in the 2005/06 season - and his answer was yes. 

Hayward dreamed that Xabi Alonso would score from his own half for the Reds in the 2005/06 season and, in a fit of optimism, put a £200 bet on that actually happening with odds of 125/1. 

Bear in mind that this was Alonso's second season at the club where he had scored three in his first campaign. 

Lo and behold, Hayward's dream actually came true when Alonso struck from 70 yards against Luton in the FA Cup on January 7, 2006. 

Xabi Alonso scored from 70 yards against Luton in January 2006 in a 5-3 FA Cup victory

Xabi Alonso scored from 70 yards against Luton in January 2006 in a 5-3 FA Cup victory

Xabi Alonso scored from 70 yards against Luton in January 2006 in a 5-3 FA Cup victory 

Liverpool fan Paul Hayward had bet that Alonso would score from his own half after dreaming about it - and won £25,000 after his £200 punt

Liverpool fan Paul Hayward had bet that Alonso would score from his own half after dreaming about it - and won £25,000 after his £200 punt 

In the 94th minute, Luton were 4-3 down at Kenilworth Road and goalkeeper Marlon Beresford went charging forward to try and grab an equaliser. 

But Rafa Benitez's team won the ball back and countered, with Alonso unleashing a left-footed strike from the edge of the centre circle. 

With the net unoccupied, his shot bobbled in to send Liverpool fans into hysterics - and Hayward, £25,000 richer, to cloud nine. 

He said: 'I've never placed such a large bet before but I had a feeling about it.

'I was watching the Luton match on TV with my family and I saw the keeper off his line. I was shouting 'Shoot!' and he did.

'It seemed to take an age to hit the net but when it did, I just went berserk.'

Bookmaker Paddy Power said: 'When he placed the bet we thought it was the easiest £200 we had ever made. 'But fair play to him. 

'It's great when these unusual bets pay out and it shows that dreams do come true.' 

As it turned out, Liverpool would go on to win the FA Cup after that third-round victory over Luton. 

Alonso scored an even better goal against Newcastle later that year, beating Steve Harper

Alonso scored an even better goal against Newcastle later that year, beating Steve Harper

Further wins over Portsmouth, Manchester United, Birmingham - 7-0 - Chelsea, and West Ham in the final saw Liverpool lift the FA Cup.

In September that year, Alonso defied the odds again to score from his own half, this time against Newcastle in the Premier League. 

It was the more famous of his stupendous long-range efforts, sailing through the air and over a scrambling Steve Harper. 

With Jurgen Klopp revealing that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, and Alonso being touted as one of the favourites to replace him, many of the cub's fans are hoping he has more glorious moments to come with them. 

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