Amid the shocking news of his impending departure from Anfield at the end of this season, the bookies have named former Liverpool midfield veteran, Xabi Alonso as the betting favorite to land in the dugout, ahead of the exit from German coach, Jurgen Klopp.
Yesterday morning, an official statement from Liverpool confirmed how long-time head coach, Klopp would be ending his eight-and-a-half-year stint as the manager at the club come the end of this season, citing a lack of energy to continue in the role, “again and again and again”.
Currently sitting top of the Premier League table, Klopp’s Liverpool side find themselves five points clear from defending champions, Manchester City, however, Spanish coach, Pep Guardiola’s side have a game-in-hand over the Reds.
And with a massive change in terms of management and sporting director set to come in the new season, Klopp’s successor at Liverpool is most likely to come in the form of former Spanish international, Xabi Alonso, who is the current betting favorite.
Xabi Alonso favorite to replace Jurgen Klopp
Leading German-side, Bayer Leverkusen from certain relegation last season, Alonso’s side currently sit atop the Bundesliga, with betting odds in the region of -175 to replace Klopp ahead of next season.
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Commenting on speculation regarding a potential future move to Liverpool from Leverkusen, Alonso, who previously managed Real Madrid’s youth team as well as ‘B-team of La Liga side, Real Sociedad – remained coy on links with a move to Anfield.
As far as former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher is concerned, between Alonso and current Brighton & Hove Albion coach, Roberto De Zerbi, his former teammate should be the “frontrunner” to land the vacant job in the summer.
“You think of all the managers he (Xabi Alonso) has worked under, Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and all of these great figures,” Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports News. “And right now, with the job he is doing at Bayer Leverkusen he almost looks like the brightest young thing in European football, there is no doubt about that.”
“I would certainly say the frontrunner and I think it’s too rich me saying it, would certainly be Xabi Alsono – for the job he is doing at Bayer Leverkusen, who are still the only undefeated team in Europe in all competitions. There is a long way to go but they are in a great position. I think for what he has achieved, the managers he has played under, and the start he has made to his managerial career, he is certainly the frontrunner.”
A former midfield holder for Liverpool, Alonso joined from Sociedad back in 2004, before going on to make 210 appearances in all competitions. In 2009, Alonso made a £30,000,000 move to Real Madrid, before then closing out his career with Bayern Munich back in 2017.