Liverpool have been strongly linked with Xabi Alonso as a potential successor to Jurgen Klopp. However, they face competition from other high-profile European clubs including Barcelona and AC Milan, who are also interested in securing his services. Barcelona is reportedly actively searching for their next head coach, with Xavi Hernandez announcing his departure at the end of the season. Alonso is considered a ‘dream’ appointment for Barcelona and is perceived as ‘very popular’ among the board.
Alonso has strong ties to both Liverpool and Barcelona. He is a former player of Liverpool, where he is fondly remembered by the fans, and he also has family connections with Barcelona, with his father having played for the club in the 1980s. Alonso’s stint at Real Madrid adds a competitive edge to Barcelona’s interest in him. They see his potential appointment as a way of gaining an advantage over their arch-rivals.
However, financial issues at Barcelona could make the Liverpool job more appealing to Alonso. During his time at Liverpool, Alonso was a key player and a fan favorite, making 210 appearances for the club and scoring in the 2005 Champions League final. His tactical style and counter-pressing system are seen as a good fit for Liverpool’s playing philosophy, making him the favorite to replace Klopp. Ultimately, the decision will be influenced by various factors including the club’s financial situation, Alonso’s personal preferences, and the level of competition for his services.