Liverpool players’ choice for next manager named, as Xabi Alonso is NOT the dressing room’s pick: report

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso looks on ahead of Bayer Leverkusen's Europa League clash against Qarabag in March 2024.
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Liverpool players reportedly have a preferred choice of manager to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this summer – and it is NOT Xabi Alonso.

The club's popular former midfielder, who is impressing at Bayer Leverkusen, has been the frontrunner for the job ever since Klopp announced in late January that he will be stepping down after nine seasons in charge.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.