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Xabi Alonso responds to Liverpool rumours after Klopp announces shock exit

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is unsure about his future, amid links to Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave.

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is the early favourite to succeed Jurgen Klopp after he announced he will leave his position as Liverpool manager at the end of the season.

Klopp won six trophies including the Premier League title in 2020 and Champions League in 2019 since arriving at Anfield in 2015.

Alonso was a crucial figure for Liverpool in the mid-2000s and was part of the team that won the Champions League under Rafael Benitez in 2005.

Leverkusen’s manager spoke about his future at his press conference on Friday.

Alonso said: “Well first of all, yeah it [Klopp’s decision to step down at the end of the season] was a surprise.

But as well I have huge respect for Jurgen, huge admiration before coming to Liverpool and during this year it has even been bigger and it has grown what he has achieved and the way he has achieved that.

And at the moment I am really happy here. I am enjoying my work here. I am feeling that each day it is a challenge. Each game is a challenge and we are in an intense and a beautiful journey here in Leverkusen and I am trying to give my best to help my players be ready for the next thing and that’s my goal. What will happen [in the future], I don’t know.”

Leverkusen is unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season, and they’re four points clear of Bayern Munich at the top after 18 matches. They are also still competing to win the DFB-Pokal and Europa League this season.

Asked about pacing his managerial career, Alonso replied: “To be honest I’m not in that moment to think about the next step. I’m thinking about where I am right now and I think that I’m in a great place and I am enjoying [it]. I think it’s the right place, so that’s all I can say. 

“I don’t know about the pace; my pace is what’s going to be the pace of the team on Saturday because that’s what really matters and I’m going to be happy when we are playing well and we deserve to win. 

What’s going to happen in the future I don’t know and I don’t really care at the moment.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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