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Klopp ‘understands’ Alonso’s decision to snub Liverpool and Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp says he understands why Xabi Alonso decided to stay at Bayer Leverkusen despite interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso confirmed on Friday that he will stay in his position for the next season. Both Liverpool and Bayern Munich will now have to look elsewhere after Alonso rejected the opportunity to join them.

In his press conference, Klopp said he understands Alonso’s decision because he made the same decision in his career. The German coach worked for seven years at Mainz before moving on to his first major job with Borussia Dortmund.

I can speak about a young manager being at a club where he’s doing really well,” Klopp told reporters. “I did pretty much the same, and never regretted it. That’s everything I can really say about it. Xabi’s doing an incredible job there, Leverkusen has a good team, they’ll probably keep the team together. So I understand why he wants to do it. For the other stuff [any disappointment he isn’t coming to Liverpool?] there’s nothing I have to say.”

Liverpool reportedly are considering Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi as a replacement for Klopp this summer.

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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