‘From what I’m hearing’ – Fabrizio Romano shares Liverpool managerial update on ‘contract situation’ of ‘main candidate’
Liverpool are in search of a new manager to replace Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season with the German set to leave after nine years at the club, and Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has emerged as the favourite to succeed the German.
According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Reds are aware of the contract situation of the Spaniard at the Bundesliga club, but it is up to their next sporting director to decide whether Alonso will be appointed as their next manager.
Jorg Schmadtke left Liverpool at the end of the January transfer window and they are looking for a new sporting director, and the new man will have a huge say in their next managerial appointment.
“From what I’m hearing since weeks ago, something that has already happened, Liverpool are well-informed on the situation of Xabi Alonso,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.
Liverpool know everything about his contract situation at Bayer Leverkusen, how to find a way to appoint Xabi Alonso potentially in the summer. So, Liverpool are really well-informed on the situation of Xabi Alonso.
“Then we’ve to wait for the new Liverpool director to decide altogether how, when, and in which way to attack the situation for Xabi Alonso as the manager. We have to see if they will decide to go for another one because there is a shortlist. It is not only Xabi Alonso, but for sure he is the main candidate for Liverpool.”
Leverkusen defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 yesterday to go five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, with 17 league wins and four draws to their name so far as their unbeaten run under Alonso continued, and the former Liverpool midfielder has continued to boost his C.V ahead of the summer with some fine tactics from his side.
The 42-year-old only moved to the German top-flight club in October 2022 while they were second from bottom after eight Bundesliga games, but he led them to a sixth-place finish at the end of the campaign and also helped them reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.
His managerial experience before moving to Germany was with Real Madrid under-14s and Real Sociedad B, but the former Liverpool star has done enough to attract his old club and it will be interesting to see if he ends up getting the job once Klopp leaves or whether the Anfield club will move for another option.