Bayer Leverkusen ‘remain optimistic Xabi Alonso won’t leave for Liverpool’… despite the former Reds midfielder emerging as favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield
- Jurgen Klopp will step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season
- Xabi Alonso is reportedly on Liverpool’s shortlist to succeed Klopp as manager
- NO ONE can fill Jurgen Klopp’s shoes… but Xabi Alonso can go anywhere he wants. If Liverpool are smart they will ask him to come to Anfield – It kicks everything off
Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen reportedly remain optimistic that Xabi Alonso will remain at the club despite their manager emerging as the favorite to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Klopp made the shock announcement on Friday that he would be joining the Liverpool manager at the end of the season.
It will bring the curtain down on nine years in English football, which saw him win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
The 56-year-old claimed he had ‘low energy’ and hinted he would never succeed in football again.
Alonso was installed as the favorite for the role by bookmakers, having played for the club for five years and his ian impressive start to management with Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly optimistic that Xabi Alonso will stay at the club this summer
Alonso is the early favorite to succeed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this summer
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According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenbergare the Bundesliga leaders aware that Alonso is on Liverpool’s shortlist of potential successors to Klopp.
Bayer Leverkusen reportedly remain optimistic and believe Alonso will stay at the club this summer, with the Spaniard already involved in their squad planning for next season.
Alonso is only in his first full season of senior management but has already made a huge impact at Leverkusen.
After taking over the club when they were second bottom in October 2022, Alonso guided them to a sixth-placed finish last season, and the team have become one of Europe’s standout clubs this term.
Leverkusen are unbeaten in 27 games in all competitions – winning 24 – and have opened up a four-point lead over Bayern Munich at the top of the table.
Alonso insisted he is ‘very happy’ at his current club but refused to rule out a future move to Anfield.
“I have great respect and admiration for Jurgen. I was very surprised. My focus is Leverkusen,’ Alonso said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Leverkusen’s Bundesliga clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
‘At the moment I’m really happy here. I still have great motivation and I am very happy with the club and the team.
‘I don’t know what will happen in the future. I don’t really care at the moment.’
Alonso said he was happy at Leverkusen but did not rule out a move in the future
Alonso is currently contracted until 2026, with the Spaniard having joined the German side from Real Sociedad B team.
His former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher has claimed Alonso is the front-runner to take over from Klopp.
“I think at the moment, if you look around the Premier League and Europe and you think who fits in at Liverpool, there’s no doubt you can’t get away from Xabi Alonso, a former team-mate of mine,” Carragher told Sky Sports News said.
“It’s because he’s so respected at Liverpool for what he’s done as a player, he’s a Champions League winner, has always carried himself with real class, he’s a World Cup winner – and that’s just his playful side.
‘You think of the managers he worked under, Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and all these big figures.
“And at the moment with the work he’s doing at Bayer Leverkusen, he almost looks like the brightest young thing in European football, there’s no doubt about that.”