Liverpool’s future manager: Xabi Alonso’s backup plan emerges amid’massive uncertainties’

According to liverpoolecho, Liverpool is still looking for a new permanent manager as they prepare to say goodbye to Jurgen Klopp at the end of this season. The Reds face a difficult challenge in replacing the German, who has been a great success at Anfield since taking over in October 2015.

Following the announcement of Klopp’s planned departure, Xabi Alonso swiftly emerged as the frontrunner to succeed him, however other contenders such as Sporting coach Ruben Amorim and Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi have also been suggested.

Below is a roundup of the most recent stories on the Reds’ quest for this critical post. The German giants, who are having an extraordinarily bad season by their standards, are thought to have made Alonso a top target to succeed Tuchel in the summer, and will compete with Liverpool for the Spaniard’s services.

According to a new claim from TZ, Alonso is “not in the mood” for the present upheaval at Bayern and has “massive doubts” about returning to the Allianz Arena. According to the story, the 42-year-old would want to stay at Bayer Leverkusen or return to Merseyside.

Amorim Update

If Liverpool fails to get Alonso, the club will focus on hiring Amorim, according to reports. Amorim is presently enjoying a successful season in command of Sporting, which is joint-top of the Portuguese first division and still competes in both the Taca de Portugal and the Europa League.

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The 39-year-old is regarded as the “most desirable candidate” if Alonso decides to go, according to the Independent, who also say Amorim is a “likelier option” than Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi. Pep Lijnders, Liverpool’s assistant manager, has underlined that he would not be in the hunt to succeed Klopp in the summer.

After years of working with the German, the Dutchman was expected to take the next step and become first-team manager, but he has stated that this would not be the case.

“I was really clear to be honest,” he explained on Friday afternoon. “When we had the talk a long time ago, for me it was clear. It made it easier for me when he [Klopp] said this will be it. We knew in the summer already we are going towards the end of this project.

“We spoke, I got offers last year. My heart always said yes, my loyalty and my friendship and respect for Mike and Jurgen said no. But it’s clear that I will go and manage and we will end the project together. I feel that it’s a project of a lot of people and it’s the right way to do it like this.

“But I’m excited to manage, I’m excited to go and find the right club, a club who really wants me. But until the last final of the season I’m focused on Liverpool. I don’t even know what’s happening, that’s why we have agents.”

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