Amidst Jurgen Klopp’s impending departure from Liverpool, Rio Ferdinand has tipped Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso as the frontrunner to step into the managerial role at Anfield this summer.
Klopp’s decision to bid farewell to Liverpool, announced on Friday, came as a shock to fans, marking the end of his illustrious eight-year tenure at the club.
His legacy includes bringing both the Premier League and Champions League trophies back to Anfield.
With Liverpool already contemplating potential successors, Alonso emerges as a popular candidate, particularly given his deep emotional ties to the club.
Having joined Liverpool in 2004 under Rafael Benitez, Alonso amassed over 200 appearances, clinching notable titles such as the Champions League and FA Cup.
Transitioning to coaching after his playing days, Alonso’s stint at Bayer Leverkusen since 2022 has garnered attention, with the club currently leading the Bundesliga table undefeated.
Ferdinand, speaking on FIVE, highlighted Alonso’s candidacy, emphasizing his history with Liverpool and the attractive style of play he’s implemented at Leverkusen.
Despite his relative lack of managerial experience, Ferdinand views Alonso’s potential appointment as a calculated risk worth taking.
While Alonso’s return to Anfield may seem enticing, his immediate focus remains on clinching the Bundesliga title with Leverkusen.
Nonetheless, insiders at Liverpool reportedly favor Alonso as Klopp’s successor.
Should Alonso secure the managerial position at Liverpool, his arrival could mirror Klopp’s impact, ushering in a new era for the club akin to Klopp’s transformative tenure following Bayern Munich’s dominance in German football.