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Liverpool warned they must change Klopp successor plans as Xabi Alonso ‘snubs return’ | Football | Sport

Liverpool reportedly must alter their managerial plans for the summer as Xabi Alonso does not intend to join the club. The Spaniard was identified as the Reds’ top target to replace Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, though a move now appears to be unlikely.

Klopp announced in January that he would be leaving Liverpool this summer after ‘running out of energy’ in the Anfield dugout. The German felt that he should take responsibility for the decision sooner rather than later, knowing he had the support of the higher powers at the club.

The shock decision sparked Liverpool into life in the managerial market, with numerous options being monitored to ensure that Klopp’s successor can bring just as much success to the Merseyside outfit.

Alonso was quickly identified as Liverpool’s top target though following his impressive start to life with Bayer Leverkusen. The ex-Real Madrid midfielder has led his side to an unbeaten start to the season and they are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

However, Liverpool aren’t the only side keen to acquire the services of the 42-year-old. After deciding to part ways with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, Bayern Munich are also in the race to appoint Alonso.

According to Sky Sports Germany, the Allianz Arena outfit are leading to race to sign the Spaniard and are growing in ‘confidence’ that an agreement will be reached between all parties once negotiations are opened.

It is claimed that if Alonso does decide to part ways with Leverkusen once the campaign concludes, ‘he will join Bayern Munich and not Liverpool’. The Reds are unlikely to stop pushing for their ex-midfielder until a firm decision is announced by their club legend themselves, though it could force other alternatives to be considered more thoroughly in the meantime.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi and Sporting’s Ruben Amorim have both been identified as suitable other options by Liverpool, and the pair are respectively highly-regarded around Europe as being two of the most exciting up-and-coming coaches aside from Alonso. Ex-Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann has also been linked with the summertime vacancy if he decides to snub the Germany national team in favour of a return to club management.

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