According to reports, Liverpool is getting ready to make an offer for Xabi Alonso, the head coach of Bayer Leverkusen. The Spaniard is seen as the team’s first choice to succeed Jurgen Klopp.
Following Klopp’s announcement on Friday that he will be leaving his role as head coach this summer, Alonso has been strongly linked to the Anfield job.
When questioned about the position on Friday, the 42-year-old said he was content in his present position but would not rule out a coaching return to his old team.
Football Insider reports that Liverpool intends to make an approach for Alonso, considering the former midfield player of the team to be the team’s top pick to succeed Klopp, who has been a major contributor to the team’s recent success.
According to the source, Liverpool will first talk with Alonso to “ascertain his interest” before reaching out to Leverkusen, who are the Spanish player’s current employers until June 2026.
Between 2004 and 2009, Alonso played with the Reds, where he won the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, and Community Shield.
Beginning his management career at Real Sociedad B, the former midfield player managed the team from June 2019 to May 2022 before accepting the position at Leverkusen in October 2022.
Throughout his 65 games in command of the Bundesliga powerhouses, who are vying for the German championship in 2023–2024, Alonso has won 41, tied 14 and lost 10.
Leverkusen leads the Bundesliga standings by two points over defending champions Bayern, and they have not lost in any of the league’s tournaments this year.
Alonso’s contract is said to have a condition that would let him go this summer in order to take over at Bayern, Real Madrid, or Liverpool.
Leverkusen is reportedly confident in holding onto Alonso in spite of the Merseyside giants’ intense interest.
In his last season as manager, Klopp will be battling to guide Liverpool to four trophies as the Merseyside team looks to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup.
Liverpool is now leading the Premier League standings, leading second-place Manchester City by five points. The Reds’ next league game is scheduled for Wednesday night at home against Chelsea.