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Xabi Alonso reacts to Liverpool speculation as favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp

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Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is the heavy favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool – and the former Reds man has spoken out in a press conference.

Xabi Alonso has addressed rumours concerning his future following Jurgen Klopp’s shock resignation as Liverpool manager.

Klopp confirmed his decision to quit Anfield in a shock statement on Friday morning. The German will depart Merseyside after nine years in charge in the summer, when he will hand over the reins to the club’s first new boss since 2015.

Speculation is rife concerning Klopp’s successor, with a host of names already heavily-linked to the role. One of those names is ex-Liverpool star Alonso, who is currently doing a fine job at Bayer Leverkusen.

Alonso has Leverkusen comfortably top of the Bundesliga from Harry Kane and Bayern Munich. The German side are unbeaten and have won significant plaudits for their style of play and defensive record.

Even before Klopp announced his shock decision to quit, many had been linking Alonso to Merseyside. But now the cat is out of the bag, the Spaniard is the firm favourite to return to his old stomping ground as boss.

Leverkusen are back in action against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday evening. Before the game, Alonso used his pre-match press conference to address rumours linking him to the soon-to-be-vacant role at Anfield.

 

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