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“Liverpool feel Alonso prefers a Premier League move”

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Liverpool may have received a positive boost regarding their chances to land Xabi Alonso in the summer.

While there is no guarantee that the Spaniard will even be available in the summer, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are waiting on the wings.

Current Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel and his position at the club is not secure after three consecutive losses, including a heavy 3-0 defeat to title rivals Bayer Leverkusen and a shock 3-2 defeat to Bundesliga minnows.

Although the record German champions have backed Tuchel publicly in this slump, it’s believed that the Bavarian outfit is now monitoring the former Chelsea boss on a match-by-match case.

Reports have claimed that Bayern is already working on a Plan B if Tuchel were to get sacked.

Zinedine Zidane has emerged as a surprise link to the German club recently, while it is well-known of the admiration for Alonso.

However, journalist Ben Jacobs has now provided an update that should serve to excite Liverpool fans.

What did Ben Jacobs say about Liverpool and Xabi Alonso?

Writing for CaughtOffside’s Daily Briefing, Jacobs claimed that Alonso prefers a move to Liverpool, and that the Anfield club are aware of this:

“Xabi Alonso is one of the big favourites to be the next Liverpool manager.”

“Liverpool’s plan is to find a sporting director first, and quickly, then have them input on Jurgen Klopp’s replacement.”

“Bayern’s poor form is not likely to influence the process.”

“This is partly because Bayern’s board are sticking with Thomas Tuchel for now.”

“But even if he is fired, Liverpool feel Alonso prefers a Premier League move should he be offered the job and decide to leave Leverkusen.”

“And it is an if, because Leverkusen’s form has been sensational, and they are now eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and still haven’t lost all season.”

“Alonso could yet decide to stay and lead Leverkusen in the Champions League next season.”

“But if he goes, sources indicate Bayern is not of as much appeal as Liverpool.”

However, Jacobs also warned that it is not a formality that Alonso leaves Leverkusen this summer – and could well stay an extra year with the Real Madrid post in mind:

“It’s also worth pointing out that staying at Leverkusen for another season could also open up the chance for Alonso to go to another former club, Real Madrid, and replace Carlo Ancelotti in 2025.”

“Alonso is spoilt for choice, and I expect him to take his time.”

“And Liverpool are expected to shortlist as many as seven candidates, including Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, as part of a very thorough process.”

“It also wouldn’t surprise me if they try again for Michael Edwards, even though he indicated already to Mike Gordon that he didn’t want to return.”

“But whoever Liverpool appoint, and whatever title they carry, it’s clear they want that senior recruitment executive in first, and as soon as possible.”

“Now the January window is shut, I expect movement in the coming weeks on that front.”

“That then gives them plenty of time to then line up a replacement for Klopp before the season ends.”

“Liverpool always have a plan, so there will be no panic about getting the right manager and sporting director in.”

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