Liverpool could plot Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen raid of Florian Wirtz and four stars

Xabi Alonso and Liverpool are a combination of words that have continued to gather momentum since Jurgen Klopp announced that he would step down at the end of the season, last month. The Spaniard is the rumoured front-runner to succeed the German as Reds boss, rekindling with the Anfield faithful for the first time since 2009.

The 42-year-old has been championed as the next tactician in the L4 hot seat - winning the Champions League and FA Cup in 2005 and 2006, respectively. A vanity project it is not, however, Alonso has shown his capabilities in the dugout after transforming Leverkusen from facing the threat of relegation to being five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

For the first time in nine years, the Reds are facing change with the impending departure of Klopp, as well as the search for a new sporting director. West Ham United technical director Tim Steidten has been mooted as Jorg Schmadtke's replacement, following his exit in January, and the 44-year-old chief has spoken about the Anfield links this week.

As it stands, the focus for Alonso is on looking to end Bayern Munich's dynasty at the top of German football. Liverpool, meanwhile, have a Carabao Cup final scheduled for the end of February as well as their respective; Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup battle. With plenty of football still to be played, the discussions about life at Liverpool post-May are minimal with so much to play for in the 2023-24 season but there will be an eye on life at Klopp.

Alonso is widely considered to be the next man in the managerial office at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, but whoever gets the job faces a hefty task both on and off the field. Already there are contract discussions with Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold approaching the final 12 months of their contracts.

In the transfer window, there will be work to do with an ageing backline plus the possibility of Joel Matip's departure upon the expiry of his contract at Anfield. Not forgetting the threat of interest from Saudi Arabia after their public, summer-long, pursuit of Salah last year.

Alonso could tap in to his knowledge of the Bundesliga but even closer to home in Leverkusen. Already this season, he has shown that he has the players and can sign prospects with the calibre of challenging for the title in the German top-flight. So much so that prior to Klopp's bombshell announcement, a number of Leverkusen's players have been linked with moves to the Premier League.


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