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Luis Garcia shares who he would pick to manage Liverpool right now… Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso

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As Liverpool begin the search for their new manager, there’s one candidate who seems to be standing out above all others.

Over five years at Anfield, Xabi Alonso carved out quite the legacy. With Jurgen Klopp sensationally set to leave the manager’s seat vacant at the end of the season, Alonso has emerged as the front-runner to fill it.

But according to the Spaniard’s former teammate at Liverpool, Luis Garcia, Alonso may not yet be ready to take over his old club. Asked by CBS Sports Golazo who he would pick out of a choice between his countryman and Steven Gerrard, Garcia surprisingly opted for Stevie G.

“Honestly, I think it’s going to be difficult to get one of those because Steven Gerrard just signed a new contract, Xabi as well,” replied the pundit.

“But if there is an option right now, I would say that I would leave Xabi waiting for his moment, because I think he’s doing a great job right there. And I would take Steven Gerrard and place him in Liverpool’s side. Because I think that his personality would match the style of play of Liverpool at the moment.”

Garcia backs Gerrard for Liverpool job

Had news of Klopp’s imminent departure come back two or three years ago, then Gerrard would surely have been the pick. But time has not been kind to Liverpool’s former captain.

Having done a top job at Rangers and got himself a move to Aston Villa, Gerrard looked to be on the right path to end up at Anfield.

But a really poor spell at Villa has been backed up by a move to the Saudi Pro League with Al Ettifaq last summer.

If his time at Villa Park hadn’t been enough to dissuade Liverpool that the Scouser was the man to succeed Klopp, then his decision to join Ettifaq should have.

Since then, Gerrard has taken the Saudi club to eighth in the table. Hardly eye-catching form.

Nevertheless, he’s still Stevie G. If Liverpool feel that they need a slight transitional period from Klopp, then maybe they’ll still feel Gerrard could offer something.

Honestly, we’re suckers for nostalgia and we’d still be delighted to see this happen. All intuition says that Stevie is not of the level required to take the Reds job on. But still, how good would it be to see him back and succeeding at Anfield. Maybe it’s worth a go.

Alonso on the other hand looks set to become an elite level coach. He’s still early into his managerial career though, and a move to Liverpool would still be a risk. Here’s an idea then, maybe, just maybe let’s reunite one of our best midfields of the 21st century? Alonso head coach, Gerrard assistant. Someone find out what Javier Mascherano’s up to…

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