In recent developments from international sources, Liverpool has initiated discussions with Xabi Alonso, aiming to bring him on board as the successor to the departing manager, Jurgen Klopp, once the season concludes.
Klopp, who has been at the helm of Liverpool since 2015, disclosed last month his decision to part ways with the club after a tenure of nine years. However, it has come to light that Klopp had already informed the club’s management of his departure plans last year, prompting them to seek his replacement promptly. Reports from Foot Mercato in France have highlighted that conversations with Bayer Leverkusen’s coach, Alonso, were established as early as November.
Currently, Klopp’s Liverpool holds the premier position in the Premier League rankings, with Alonso’s Leverkusen team leading in the Bundesliga. When questioned about his potential return to Liverpool, a club where he played from 2004 to 2009, Alonso expressed,
“Speculation is normal, but I have great respect and admiration for what Jurgen has done at Liverpool over the last nine years, and the manner in which he achieved it.”
He continued to share his sentiments about his current focus,
“He has forged a strong bond with the fans and has been remarkable in his role. However, my dedication lies with Bayer Leverkusen at this moment.”
Alonso emphasized his commitment to Leverkusen, indicating his contentment with the team, the club, and his role therein.
As Liverpool prepares for the upcoming Premier League match against Burnley on Saturday, the potential appointment of Alonso marks a significant moment of transition for the club, reflecting on both Klopp’s impactful tenure and the future direction under possible new leadership.