Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest update on Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso amid interest from Liverpool.
The Reds have identified Alonso as their top choice to succeed Jurgen Klopp in the dugout, and there are reportedly plans to initiate discussions with the Bayer Leverkusen head coach.
The club are keen on avoiding any uncertainty as they approach the pre-season period and aim to secure a smooth transition in the managerial role following Klopp’s decision to leave at the end of the season.
The impending approach for Alonso highlights Liverpool’s proactive approach in securing a managerial successor, underlining their commitment to maintaining stability and competitiveness in the upcoming seasons.
Romano, speaking on his YouTube channel: “Liverpool are well informed on Xabi Alonso’s situation & know everything about his contract situation, and how to find a way to potentially appoint him.”
“Liverpool then have to wait for their new sporting director to decide with the club together how, when, and in which way to attack the situation for Xabi Alonso.
“We have to see if they will go for another manager because there is a shortlist and it’s not only Xabi Alonso but for sure he is the main candidate for Liverpool.
Alonso has experienced a successful beginning to his managerial career, achieving notable results at Real Sociedad B with an impressive record of 40 wins from 98 matches.
The 42-year-old joined Bayer Leverkusen last season, making a significant impact by guiding the team to avoid relegation.
He also led the club to an impressive feat by reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League, showcasing his adept managerial skills and ability to lead the team to success on both domestic and European fronts.
His accomplishments this season have sparked optimism among Leverkusen supporters, who are now envisioning a potential surprise Bundesliga title under his leadership.
Leverkusen are the only side in the German top flight to maintain an unbeaten record since the start of the current campaign (won 27, drawn four), adding to the anticipation and excitement surrounding his managerial prowess.
They struck a huge blow in the title race and are now five points clear at the top after beating Bayern Munich 3-0 on Saturday.
Alonso signed a new contract with Leverkusen during the summer, extending his commitment to the club until the conclusion of the 2025-26 campaign.
However, it is reported that a gentleman’s agreement has been reached between Alonso and the club’s hierarchy, permitting his potential departure for a prestigious club like Liverpool.
This understanding underlines the mutual respect and openness between the parties, providing Alonso with an opportunity to explore managerial prospects at a top-tier club.