March 21, 2024

Xabi Alonso overwhelmingly snubbed as Liverpool eye Jurgen Klopp successor | Football | Sport

Xabi Alonso has been told he wouldn’t win as many trophies at Liverpool as potential predecessor Jurgen Klopp. The Spanish coach is heavily linked to the soon-to-be-vacant manager’s job at Anfield, with Klopp now less than two months away from leaving his post.

It’s been a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of farewell for Liverpool chief Klopp, who is now only a matter of weeks away from waving goodbye to the Anfield faithful for the final time. Of course, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man could still go out on a high, should he guide the Reds to Premier League glory this season, but hopes of a quadruple were slashed over the weekend.

It remains to be seen how Liverpool react to their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to rivals Manchester United, but it now means the maximum amount of trophies Klopp can end his Liverpool tenure on is 10.

Klopp will no doubt feel like he’s missed out on silverware during his Liverpool career, but it’s now suggested potential successor Alonso won’t come anywhere close to matching his trophy haul.

That’s according to the overwhelming majority of Express Sport readers, who believe Liverpool fans can expect a significant drop-off in terms of trophies won when Klopp departs this season. A whopping 75 per cent of those who voted claim Alonso would fall short of Klopp’s trophy tally if he was to take over from the legendary Reds boss.

There’s every chance Alonso will be given the reins following Klopp too, with the ex-Bayern Munich and Real Madrid ace the bookies’ favourite to be appointed. Alonso is well acquainted with the Merseyside outfit already though, having spent five years at Liverpool between 2004 and 2009.

Ironically, Alonso could still have a say in how many trophies Klopp leaves Liverpool with, having guided his current side Bayer Leverkusen to the Europa League quarter-finals. After being placed on opposite sides of the last-eight draw, both Leverkusen and Liverpool can now only meet in the final, which would be Klopp’s final game in charge, should the six-time European champions make it that far.

Irrespective of what goes on in the Europa League, Alonso could still be rocking up at Liverpool having won at least one piece of silverware this season. That’s because Leverkusen have also qualified for the DFB Pokal semi-finals, where they’re the only team from Germany’s top flight left in the competition.

In the Bundesliga, Die Werkself boasts a commanding 10-point lead over record champions Bayern Munich, who have won the last 11 consecutive league titles. It means that despite obvious concerns Alonso won’t be able to live up to the lofty standards set by Klopp, he could still take up the hot seat at Anfield having proven himself as a manager capable of winning trophies.


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