Xabi Alonso confirms stance as 'first contact' made over Liverpool manager's job


Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is 'happy' at the club after Liverpool contacted him as a potential successor to Jurgen Klopp, according to reports.

Klopp announced he was stepping down from his role as Liverpool boss at the end of the season last month. And Alonso was quickly made bookies' favourite.

The Reds will appoint Klopp's successor in the summer. According to Foot Mercato (via the Mirror), contact has been made between Liverpool and Alonso as the Premier League side aim to work out whether the Spaniard would be interested in the job.

However, the report also states that Alonso is content at Leverkusen and hopes to be in charge for their first-ever Bundesliga title. In an interview after Klopp's announcement, Alonso appeared to distance himself from the role on Merseyside.

"Speculation is normal, but I have great respect and admiration for what Jurgen has done at Liverpool in the last nine years, and how he's done it. He has a connection with the fans, he's done a great job, but my focus is here at Bayer Leverkusen.

"I have great motivation to do a good job here, I'm very happy with the team, with the club, with everything, so that's my focus. My focus isn't on May, it's on tomorrow ahead of our game against Gladbach and helping my players to be ready. But what I will say is it was surprising what happened at Liverpool with Jurgen leaving."

After his time as a player at Liverpool, Alonso kicked off his managerial career with Real Sociedad B. The stint lasted three years, during which he won just over 40 per cent of his games before leaving in May 2022.

Five months later, Alonso landed his first senior management job at Bayer Leverkusen, taking his side all the way to the Europa League semi-finals in his debut season. In May 2023, the Spaniard put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the German club and they've made a great start to this campaign.

Most recently, Leverkusen secured a nail-biting 3-2 victory over Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal, taking their unbeaten streak to an impressive 30 games in all competitions. It's onwards and upwards for Alonso's side, having also made the last 16 of the Europa League after winning every single one of their group matches.

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