Xabi Alonso to Liverpool OFF, according to Bayer Leverkusen chief

Liverpool target Xabi Alonso of Bayer 04 Leverkusen reacts after the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern München at BayArena on February 10, 2024 in Leverkusen, Germany.
(Image credit: Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso will be remaining in the Bundesliga, despite the rumours of a return to Anfield.

That's according to one club chief, following Die Werkself's emphatic 3-0 win over rivals Bayern Munich at the weekend, which extended Alonso's lead at the top of the table. Incredibly, Bayer Leverkusen are still unbeaten in all competitions, with Alonso emerging as one of the hottest managers in European football.

But despite French outlet Foot Mercato claiming that the Basque boss has been approached to step into Jurgen Klopp's shoes and manage the club he represented for five years as a player, that won't happen according to managing director of sport at Leverkusen, Simon Rolfes.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is leaving at the end of the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Yes. I'm sure,” Rolfes told SPORT1 when asked if his manager would be remaining next season. 

“One, is the contract. The other thing is how comfortable he feels, the family, himself and that he knows what he has in the club. He also has a very good team, we will have a very good perspective next year and there is no change in the team.”

While it's unsurprising that Leverkusen would be firm in their belief that Alonso will remain at the club, Rolfes – who represented the club and was a Germany international – was very strong in his assurance that Alonso would not be leaving, which may cast doubt in the minds of some Liverpool fans.

Head coach Xabi Alonso and sporting director Simon Rolfes of Bayer 04 Leverkusen talk prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at WWK-Arena on January 13, 2024 in Augsburg, Germany.

Simon Rolfes says Alonso is going nowhere (Image credit: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Alonso has been linked with two of his other former clubs, in the form of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, though Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti extended his contract at the Bernabeu this season.

Alonso has a win rate of 64.71 per cent in German football.

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Liverpool set a new Anfield attendance record as they beat Burnley 3-1 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso is said to favour succeeding Jurgen Klopp as Reds manager over taking charge at Bayern Munich.

And Jamie Carragher has revealed the 'biggest difference' between Liverpool and Manchester United during his playing days.

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