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‘We won’t be angry’ – Xabi Alonso gets Bayer Leverkusen blessing amid Liverpool manager links

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Xabi Alonso remains the favorite to become Liverpool’s next manager. One Bayer Leverkusen star has given him his blessing if he decides to move on this summer.

As we enter the business end of the season, Liverpool is still on the hunt for a Jürgen Klopp replacement. The German is leaving at the end of this season after nearly nine years at Anfield and since his announcement in January that he intends to walk away from Liverpool, the club has been linked to a whole host of potential coaches.

Yet all eyes seem firmly fixed on Xabi Alonso, who is performing minor miracles at Bayer Leverkusen. Currently 10 points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table, Alonso could not only end Bayern’s 12-year dominance of the Bundesliga, but also secure a first-ever league title for Leverkusen.

Leverkusen remains unbeaten in all competitions this season under Alonso, and a potential final with Liverpool in the Europa League is also on the cards.

Given his history with Liverpool and his feats with Leverkusen, Alonso is hotly tipped to be Liverpool’s number one target to replace Klopp this summer. Alonso’s current goalkeeper, Finland international Lukas Hradecky, believes that the hype surrounding the Spaniard is justified, and while he wants him to stay, he would get his squad’s blessing should he decide to move on.

“That’s our wish and dream, for him to stay, but no-one would be angry or argue if he wins the Bundesliga and decides to go another route,” said Hradecky (via The Daily Mail).

“We see on a daily basis that he loves to be in Leverkusen. He enjoys Dusseldorf where he lives. From another point of view: How can you make it better than this season?

“There’s a lot to ponder but he’s enough of a gentleman to make the right decision and only he knows what’s best for him. But the atmosphere he’s brought in Leverkusen, we didn’t have it before. I think it comes from the way he has experienced football.

“In Madrid, Liverpool — that’s the level we strive for every day. It was here when he came but it’s up here right now. The hype is definitely justified.

“It’s the best Leverkusen team I’ve experienced. We have 18, 19, 20 players — and it doesn’t matter who plays. There are a lot of different tactics. There’s a lot to take in from the opponents’ perspective. It’s hellishly difficult to play against us.”

Liverpool.com says: Even if Leverkusen somehow don’t win the German title this season, there can be little doubt that Alonso has a stellar career as a coach in front of him, and Liverpool will likely do everything they can to secure his signature with Bayern Munich also looking to sign him.

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