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Jose Mourinho sent quiet Xabi Alonso message to Liverpool over four years ago

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Jose Mourinho predicted Xabi Alonso's success as a manager over four years ago.

Former Liverpool favourite Alonso has led his Bayer Leverkusen side to the top of the Bundesliga, guiding them to a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich this weekend to move them five points clear of the Bavarians at the summit.

And the football world has taken notice, with Alonso heavily linked with replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool this summer.

There has also been talk of him managing both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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Mourinho has had success managing top clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and AS Roma, and he managed Alonso when the two were in in the Spanish capital.

Roberto De Zerbi and Ruben Amorim are two other names being mentioned as a possible replacements for Klopp.

But Alonso, who won two Champions League titles during his playing career, remains the frontrunner.

And Alonso's skills as a manager were predicted by Mourinho before the former Spain international took charge of his boyhood club Real Sociedad at the start of his career.

"With Xabi Alonso you always saw there was a manager there.

Similarly to me, his father was a player," he said at a TopEleven event in 2019." He grew up with a father [Periko] who was a player then a manager, and then he became a player, of course much better than I was."

"His knowledge of the game was very high.

And he was coached by [Pep] Guardiola at Bayern, by myself in Real Madrid, by [Carlo] Ancelotti in Real Madrid and by [Rafa] Benitez in Liverpool."

"So if you put all that together then I would say that Xabi has conditions to be a very good coach."

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