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‘I AM TOLD…’ ALAN BRAZIL SAYS LIVERPOOL PLAYERS WANT 41-YEAR-OLD AS MANAGER, NOT XABI ALONSO

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Who is going to be Liverpool’s next manager? 

Whilst fans are gutted to see Jurgen Klopp leaving, the club have a lot of time to plan for the man to replace their legendary coach and these next few months are going to be very crucial.

One name that has constantly been doing the rounds to replace the German is Xabi Alonso, with the former midfielder doing wonders at Bayer Leverkusen.

But Alan Brazil has claimed that he has been told that the Liverpool players ‘wouldn’t mind the number two taking over’, as he told talkSPORT (13/03/24 at 6:25 am).

Pep Lijnders has been part of the Anfield set-up since 2014, with a managerial stint at second-division Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in between, before returning to Liverpool colours in 2018 and helping the team win the lot.

Sources have told HITC Football that the 41-year-old is being lined up as the next Ajax coach, with the Eredivisie side facing many troubles this season.

If Pep Lijnders is ready to go into management again, then you feel his name would be on Liverpool’s list of targets.

But, as mentioned below by Dean Saunders, it’s going to be pretty ‘difficult’ to replace a man like Jurgen Klopp.

Pep Lijnders to replace Jurgen Klopp

“I am told the players wouldn’t mind the number two, Pep taking over,” responded Brazil to claims that Xabi Alonso is the favourite.

Ex-striker Dean Saunders added: “I heard that as well. At least he (Lijnders) knows what’s going on there. It’s difficult, who do you give the job to? That club is that big.”

On Lijnders being linked with Ajax: “Why would you go to Ajax and not Liverpool,” asked a perplexed Brazil.

Xabi Alonso – the flavour of the month

Football, especially management is all about timing and Alonso is finding out that right now.

Only a number of years ago, when Thomas Tuchel was at Chelsea, he would have been high up on many fans’ lists because he had just won the Champions League.

But he is now suffering at Bayern Munich, where he will leave at the end of the season, as Alonso is set to beat him to the title.

For someone like Liverpool, this is perfect timing because their ex-midfielder ticks so many boxes and you just know the supporters will get behind him, no matter what.

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