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Alonso’s future at Leverkusen uncertain as Liverpool links persist

Bayer Leverkusen’s head coach, Xabi Alonso, has stated that he is fully focused on leading the team’s Bundesliga title challenge, despite being linked with the Liverpool job after Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he will be leaving at the end of the season. Alonso, who spent five successful years at Liverpool as a player, has not ruled out the possibility of managing the club in the future. However, he expressed contentment in his current position and is committed to the ongoing challenge at Bayer Leverkusen.

Alonso signed a new contract with Leverkusen in the summer, which is set to run until the end of the 2025-26 campaign. He emphasized that he is fully engaged with the present and is concentrating on the upcoming games rather than thinking about his future.

The former Spanish international, who enjoyed a successful career as a player winning several major honors, has transitioned into management and has quickly made a name for himself as one of the best young managers in Europe. Since taking over as head coach of Leverkusen in October 2022, he has led the team to an unbeaten run in the Bundesliga this season and currently holds a four-point lead over second-placed Bayern Munich.

Alonso’s statement suggests that he is committed to Leverkusen for the foreseeable future but has left the door open for a potential return to Liverpool eventually. His focus and dedication to his current role continue to drive Bayer Leverkusen’s success, making him a highly respected figure in European football.
In a press conference on January 26, 2024, Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso discussed his focus on the Bundesliga title challenge with the German team, amidst rumors linking him to the Liverpool job following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to step down as manager. While the possibility of taking over at Liverpool one day has not been ruled out, Alonso expressed his current happiness and commitment to Leverkusen. The 42-year-old’s contract with Leverkusen is set to expire at the end of the 2025-26 campaign, and he emphasized his contentment with his current role. Earlier on the same day, Klopp announced his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, citing a lack of energy. Alonso, having enjoyed a successful playing career with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and the Spain national team, is now leading an impressive title charge with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.