Xabi Alonso’s Prospects as Next Liverpool Manager Face Setback, Leverkusen Figure Suggests Different Path for 42-Year-Old

The likelihood of Xabi Alonso succeeding Jurgen Klopp as the next manager of Liverpool this summer has encountered a significant obstacle, as a former Bayer Leverkusen executive hinted that the Spaniard might be eyeing another prestigious position instead.

With just over three months remaining until Klopp bids an emotional farewell to Anfield after nearly nine illustrious years at the helm, speculation is rife about who will step into his formidable shoes. Despite Klopp’s remarkable achievements, including seven major honors and the possibility of three more this season, the focus is shifting towards finding his successor.

Alonso’s name has emerged as a leading contender, with Klopp himself appearing to endorse him as his heir apparent and addressing concerns about the daunting task of following in his footsteps. However, sources suggest that Alonso is hesitant to commit beyond the current season, understandably daunted by the prospect of replacing such an iconic figure at one of the world’s most prominent clubs.

While Alonso enjoys his role at Bayer Leverkusen, where the team currently leads the Bundesliga and aims for their first league title in their 120-year history, competition for his services is fierce. Bayern Munich is also vying for his signature as they prepare for life after Thomas Tuchel.

Despite Liverpool and Bayern’s interest, Alonso is now rumored to reject both clubs and stay with Bayer Leverkusen. Former Leverkusen sporting director Reiner Calmund believes Alonso will remain with the club next season, advising him to consider managing another former club, Real Madrid, when the opportunity arises. Calmund’s comments echo sentiments expressed by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who cautioned against placing excessive expectations on Alonso, given the magnitude of the task.

Despite the uncertainties surrounding Alonso’s future, his current player Alex Grimaldo believes whoever secures his services will have a “special” manager on their hands, poised to leave a lasting impact in the managerial arena.

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