Bayer Leverkusen extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with a priceless 3-0 victory of Bayern Munich this past weekend.
Xabi Alonso’s stock continues to rise with his side now in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal as well as being five points clear in the league.
The Spaniard is widely considered the front-runner to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
The Reds manager blindsided the world last month he announced his intention to step down from his role come the end of the season.
It was a shocking decision to say the least and one that caught everyone by surprise – even the players.
The FSG hierarchy now has the unenviable task of trying to find the best candidate to replace the 56-year-old on Merseyside.
Speculation has mounted as to who will take over the Anfield hotseat for next season, with Alonso thought to be the preferred candidate at this stage.
Following, Leverkusen’s big victory over the Bavarian giants this past weekend, sporting director Simon Rolfes was quizzed on the Spaniard’s future amid the Liverpool speculation.
What did Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes say about Xabi Alonso?
Speaking to SPORT1 after the game, Rolfes was asked if he could still see Xabi Alonso at Leverkusen next season:
“Yes, I’m sure.”
“One [reason] is the contract. The other thing is how comfortable he feels, the family, himself and that he knows what he has in the club.”
“He also has a very good team, we will have a very good perspective next year and there’s no change in the team.”
“We will definitely have a top team available next year.”
“These are all points that – in addition to contracts – coaches like Xabi, but also players who [attract] interest, often stay with us.”
It is quite a strong response from the sporting director, and he seems confident that the Spaniard will stay on in Germany.
This is despite there reportedly being a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between Alonso and Leverkusen that would allow him to leave if the likes of Liverpool, Bayern, or Real Madrid come calling.
Alonso has guided his side to the top of the Bundesliga table and look serious contenders to finally end Bayern Munich’s stranglehold on the league.
Leverkusen are currently on a 31-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.
In Europe, the German side managed to top their Europa League group with a flawless record of six out six and 18 points.
It’s entirely possible that Leverkusen and Liverpool meet each other in the latter rounds of the Europa League this season – which should be an entertaining affair.