Xabi Alonso has played down the idea of leaving Bayer Leverkusen to replace Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool dugout next season. The Spaniard, a former Reds player, has made an excellent start to his managerial career and has been widely tipped to leave Leverkusen for bigger and better things in the near future.
Alonso has already been put forward as a potential candidate to succeed Klopp, who announced on Friday that he will be stepping down as Liverpool boss in the summer. Alonso was quizzed on the topic in a press conference just hours later and was quick to insist that he remains happy at Leverkusen, although he stopped short of issuing a flat-out denial.
“At the moment I’m really happy here, I’m enjoying my work,” he said. “Each day it’s a challenge & we are on a beautiful journey here in Leverkusen. To be honest, I am not in that moment to think about the next step. I am thinking about where I am right now.”
When asked directly if he would be willing to rule out a move to Liverpool at the end of the season, Alonso replied: “That’s a direct question! I don’t have a direct answer. I’m happy here right now, that’s for sure, and only thinking about Leverkusen.”
Alonso has enjoyed a stellar campaign in charge of Bayer Leverkusen, who currently sit four points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table. Earlier this season, they became the first team in German football history to remain unbeaten after their first 25 games across all competitions.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder previously hinted that he would be open to managing the Reds in future, telling talkSPORT in 2018: “Yeah, for sure I have dreamt of it. I have to prove myself and first I would need to prepare, but if I decide somewhere I want to take my chances as a manager…
“My link, my commitment and my passion with Liverpool is there. Why not? We will see if we can cross paths in our ways.”
Alonso remains tied down to Leverkusen until the summer of 2026, meaning that Liverpool would need to pay compensation in order to secure his signature. A handful of other names have also been mentioned in connection with the upcoming Anfield vacancy, with Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi among the early favourites for the role.
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