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Liverpool face Xabi Alonso scrap as Barcelona 'eye Spaniard' to land blow on Real Madrid

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Liverpool will reportedly face fierce competition from Barcelona for Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso in the summer.

The Spaniard is the strong favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Anfield but is also wanted by several other high-profile European clubs, including AC Milan and now also Barca.



It is claimed that Barca are scouring Germany for their next head coach, with Xavi Hernandez announcing that he, like Klopp, will step down at the end of the season.



Alonso is considered ‘very popular’ among the Barca board.



Hansi Flick, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Klopp himself have also reportedly been discussed among key figures at the Nou Camp.

Alonso, though, is considered the ‘dream’ appointment, Spanish publication Sport claim.

The former midfielder has guided Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga without losing a game.

Los Blancos are five points clear at the top of La Liga after a 4-0 thumping of surprise title challengers Girona.

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Meanwhile, Alonso’s counter-pressing system harbours a resemblance to Klopp’s renowned preferred style of football and makes him the favourite to replace the German.

Speaking after defeating Bayern, Alonso opened up on his tactical style.

"The first thing that comes to mind is not being so dominant with the ball, but to be dominant without the ball," he explained to ESPN.

"I think that without the ball, we have been able to control the spaces.
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