Liverpool are now on the hunt for a new manager to take over the club in the summer after the shock announcement from Jurgen Klopp that he would no longer be carrying on in charge.
The Reds now have several months left of the iconic German in the dug out as they attempt to win four major honours in his last campaign at the club.
Klopp had already informed the owners back in November so the club will have already have started a plan to look for a new manager but it seems that first they want to get a new sporting director appointed after Jorg Schmadtke leaves the club after the January transfer window.
Plenty of former players in the media have given their reaction as well as current managers with some even suggesting they weren’t completely surprised by the announcement.
There has already been plenty of different names linked with taking over at Anfield but there will have to be a lot of changes due to the fact assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos, are all also departing when Klopp does.
One pundit has suggested who may be the perfect assistant to come in with the new manager.
Carlton Cole believes Xabi Alonso should pick former teammate as his assistant
Speaking on TalkSport former West Ham United striker Carlton Cole said: “What about this, and I don’t know if this is disrespectful towards Stevie G, but him coming as a number two or one of the coaches and keeping that DNA running and having that connection.
“That strengthens that position up, gives that real of real Liverpool-ness.
“He hasn’t set the world on fire as a number one and sometimes it takes time to be that number one, especially at a club like Liverpool.
“If he were to come in and have a little bit influence over team, but not be the head figure, it would be someone like Xabi Alonso, would he take that or would he be an ego thing?
“Learn his trade while he was there and then after Xabi Alonso, maybe he takes over eventually.”
It remains to be seen whether Alonso could be the new boss at Liverpool but he has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner due to his fine start to his managerial career.
The former Liverpool man is a fan favourite after spending five years at the club and scoring a goal in one of the most famous games in the history of the club which was the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan.
At the moment he sits top of the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen who are undefeated as they look to try and topple Bayern Munich who have made the German division the most one sided league in the top five European divisions.
Alonso’s assistants right now at Leverkusen are Sebastian Parrilla and Alberto Encinas so he may want to bring them with him to whatever club is his next one.