Alonso established himself as a Liverpool legend during his five-year stint on Merseyside.
The Spain international won the Champions League and FA Cup in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
He was also part of the Reds side that finished second to Manchester United in 2009.
Alonso is still going strong at the age of 35 – currently with German giants Bayern Munich.
And Herrera has admitted both Alonso and Barcelona midfielder Xavi were his childhood heroes growing up in Spain.
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Xabi Alonso won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005
"Of course," he told United Review when asked about analysing other players in his position.
"I like to watch other players in my position.
"I used to like Paul Scholes but, in Spain, there was also Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez.
"It’s difficult to say just one as they are fantastic.
"Right now, I really like to watch Sergio Busquets.
Barcelona legends Sergio Busquets and Xabi also inspire Ander Herrera
"He’s a fantastic player and always in good positions. He knows how to play in every moment.
"There are fantastic players in the world but I like to watch ones in my position.
"To be honest, I don’t go so crazy with the rest but I like to see the things I can improve myself."
Herrera also said if it was down to him he would bring safe standing zones to the Premier League.
"I used to love it when everyone could stand up at games in the old stadiums," he added.
"Obviously it needs to be made safe for the supporters as a priority but I really liked that."