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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso has had one eye on the Liverpool job for a while.

Liverpool fans were going through a quiet January transfer window and probably weren’t expecting much in the way of significant news.

Well, up stepped Jurgen Klopp to announce that he would be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.

Nobody saw this coming and Klopp will soon bring his time at Anfield to an end as he seeks a rest after more than eight years in the Reds dugout.

The attention remains firmly on the Premier League title race but Liverpool will also be eyeing up potential replacements for Klopp and one name keeps coming up…

Guillem Balague shares ‘secret’ on Xabi Alonso to Liverpool

Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is the man in question having worked minor miracles since taking the job in 2022.

Leverkusen were at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table under Gerardo Seoane but now sit five points clear at the top of the table.

Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich showcased Leverkusen’s exceptional defence and their devastating attacking potential.

Liverpool fans want Alonso and former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has already predicted that the Spaniard will replace Klopp.

A former Liverpool midfielder in his playing days, Alonso is the popular choice and it seems that he has long had an interest in the Anfield job.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has now told The Football News Show that there is a ‘secret’ plan in place between Alonso and his agent.

Balague claims that Alonso named Liverpool as one of three destinations he wanted if he succeeded at Leverkusen – Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Alonso played for all three clubs in his playing days and it’s clear that the emotional pull of returning to one of them – or even multiple over the course of his career.

“I’ll tell you a little secret,” said Balague. “When he went to Bayer Leverkusen, he told his agent ‘do you know what, I am thinking that if it doesn’t go well at Bayer Leverkusen, I’ll go back to Real Sociedad. But if it goes well, from here, it’s Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich.”

“Let me add Manchester City to the equation and that’s where Xabi Alonso could go next. When, is a different matter,” he added.

Hearing that Alonso has identified Liverpool as a potential destination is great news for the Reds, but it’s not all good.

Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel is under huge pressure and Real Madrid may see Alonso as the natural heir to Carlo Ancelotti.

Liverpool just have to hope that the timing works in their favour and that Alonso picks a move to Anfield at the end of the season.

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