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Liverpool & Bayern contest Alonso tug of war

2024/02/21 10:19
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According to Fabrizio Romano, both Liverpool and Bayern Munich remain keen on making Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso their next manager.

It was announced in late January that Klopp would be departing Liverpool at the end of the season, having been in charge of the club since October 2015. It was then announced this morning that Thomas Tuchel would also be leaving the club.

42-year-old Basque Country-born Alonso, who played for both clubs during a prestigious career, has enjoyed an excellent start to his managerial career. 

After earning 114 caps for the Spanish national team, where he scored 16 goals, as well as five caps for the Basque Country, Alonso has set off on a managerial path with his former clubs.

As well as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Alonso also played for Real Sociedad and Real Madrid and the latter of which is where he began coaching, leading Los Blancos’ U14 side for the 2018/19 campaign.

He then moved on to manage Real Sociedad’s B team in 2019 and he led La Real’s reserves and youngsters into the second-tier of Spanish football for the first time ever in 2021.

He took charge of Bayer Leverkusen mid-way through last season when Die Werkself were languishing in mid-table before pushing them into the top six and helping them reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Having won one La Liga title, three Bundesliga’s, an FA Cup, two Copa del Reys, the DFB-Pokal, the Community Shield, Supercopa de Espana, DFL-Supercup, two UEFA Champions League trophies, the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships as a player; he is looking to add potentially three trophies to his cabinet as a manager.

Leverkusen currently have an eight-point lead over Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season and they are also in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, as well as the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal.
In 32 matches across all competitions so far this season, Bayer Leverkusen have managed 28 victories with just four draws. They have scored 102 goals and conceded just 23 in those games.

Liverpool are aiming to complete a remarkable quadruple to send off Jurgen Klopp this season with The Reds sitting at the top of the Premier League, into the fifth round of the FA Cup, also in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League and with the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, are in a very different situation. They lost the DFL-Supercup in their first game of the season, were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by third-tier side Saarbrucken, are 1-0 down on aggregate to Lazio in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League and, as mentioned, are eight points behind Alonso’s rampant Leverkusen. 
 

Spain
Xabi Alonso
NameXabier Alonso Olano
Born/Age1981-11-25(42 -yrs-old)
Nationality
Spain
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Job RoleManager

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2024-02-21 10h56m by banderson1976
Wow, both Liverpool and Bayern Munich are interested in Xabi Alonso as their next manager. As a football fan, I can't think of a better choice! Alonso is a legend at both clubs and has already had success in his young managerial career. Excited to see what he can do at the top level!
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2024-02-21 10h37m by dnelsons
Wow, Liverpool and Bayern Munich both interested in Xabi Alonso as their next manager That's a tough decision for both clubs, especially after Klopp's announcement. But as a fan, I have to say, Alonso has had a great start to his managerial career and his experience playing for both clubs definitely gives him an edge. Exciting times ahead!
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