‘My information’: Richard Keys says 42-year-old has now agreed to become Liverpool’s next manager

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‘My information’: Richard Keys says 42-year-old has now agreed to become Liverpool’s next manager


Richard Keys has claimed that he has information that Xabi Alonso has decided on whether he wants to become the new Liverpool manager this summer, as the Reds prepare to say goodbye to Jürgen Klopp.


Of course, the Liverpool job is one of the most exciting opportunities in world football. And Jurgen Klopp‘s successor will have the luxury of taking over a team which has challenged for the Premier League title this season.


Nevertheless, it is going to be a monumental task for the German’s successor. Klopp has done unbelievably to add his name to the list of legendary managers who have patrolled the touchline at Anfield.


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So there may be some managers who have real reservations about stepping into such a prominent role so soon after Klopp. But perhaps one name has decided that he is ready for the challenge.


Liverpool are monitoring Xabi Alonso as he continues to win admirers for his work with Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen are on course to win the Bundesliga title this season.


Alonso played under some of the world’s greatest managers. And he has that connection with Merseyside after enjoying a very successful spell with the Reds.


It has been suggested that Liverpool may spring a surprise and not go for Alonso. But writing on his blog, Richard Keys has claimed that he has been informed that the 42-year-old – who he previously tipped for the Manchester United role as a successor to Erik ten Hag – is ready to take the job.


“Deschamps? Yes. Zidane? Yes. I was laughed out of court at the back end of last year when I said they should go and get Alonso – agree a deal with his ‘people’ and guarantee him five years to get it right,” he wrote.


“My critics said ‘No. what’s he done? It’s too soon’. Really? Well 3 months on it’s not too soon for Liverpool to have got him to agree to become their next manager. As I always say when I share news like this – these big deals can always go wrong. There’s a lot to go wrong when they’re blue riband, whether it’s a player or coach/manager involved, but my information is that Alonso has decided on Liverpool.


“If I’m a Liverpool fan – that excites me. What United have got to do is better that appointment. Would Southgate turning up at OT do that?”


Smart choice if Xabi Alonso is heading back to Anfield

Alonso would be a smart choice for the Liverpool hierarchy. It makes sense to appoint someone who will have the fans onside when Klopp steps aside.


And Alonso will have that admiration from the supporters.


Of course, he will have to be able to back it up. But his work this season suggests that he does have many of the tools needed.

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