Michael Edwards Prefers Xabi Alonso as Next Liverpool Manager; Two Backup Options Explored

As Michael Edwards prepares to rejoin Liverpool, it seems he already has a preference for the next manager of the Reds.

Having collaborated successfully with Jurgen Klopp during his previous stint as sporting director, the 44-year-old now faces the challenging task of finding a successor to the departing German.

According to reports from HITC, Edwards and FSG share a unanimous belief that Xabi Alonso would be the ideal choice for the club. The current Bayer Leverkusen manager has garnered praise in the Bundesliga and maintains a significant presence on Merseyside, having enjoyed a stellar playing career with Liverpool in the 2000s.

Confidence within Liverpool’s hierarchy indicates a strong likelihood of securing their top candidate. However, alternatives are being considered, with Roberto De Zerbi and Julian Nagelsmann emerging as viable options should Alonso’s appointment not come to fruition.

Liverpool supporters will be encouraged by Alonso’s status as Edwards’ preferred choice to succeed Klopp. Although the competition with Bayern Munich for his services continues, the imminent arrival of Richard Hughes as sporting director should bolster the club’s efforts in the managerial search.

In terms of backup options, De Zerbi has steered Brighton into contention for European qualification, though concerns linger over his team’s susceptibility to heavy defeats. Nagelsmann, aged 36, brings substantial coaching experience in European football and could become available after Euro 2024, unless he opts to renew his contract with the German FA.

Alonso remains a popular figure among Liverpool fans, aligning with Edwards’ vision for Klopp’s successor. With significant developments expected in the coming weeks, Liverpool’s managerial pursuit promises to be an intriguing affair.

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