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Liverpool make initial contact with Klopp's replacement’s agent

Xabi Alonso is top of Liverpool’s wishlist to replace Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool Football Club has reportedly initiated contact with Xabi Alonso's entourage, indicating the club's interest in the Bayer Leverkusen boss as a potential replacement for their outgoing manager, Jurgen Klopp.

Jurgen Klopp, the affable German who has become a beloved figure in Anfield folklore, recently announced his decision to leave at the end of this season. Since taking charge in late 2015, Klopp has overseen impressive growth at Liverpool. He transformed them from a side in transition to one of England and Europe's best teams.

During his near-decade-long stint at Anfield, Klopp won all titles - including Liverpool’s maiden league title in the Premier League era (2000) - except for the UEFA Europa League trophy. However, with his departure looming at season’s end, it marks an end to an era that will be remembered fondly by Reds fans worldwide.

It won’t be easy to snap Xabi Alonso from Leverkusen

In light of this impending changeover, Liverpool is actively seeking replacements. One name that stands out is Bayer Leverkusen manager and former player for Liverpool - Xabi Alonso. According to reports, initial contact has been made with Inaki Ibanez – Alonso’s agent – regarding a potential summer move.

Alonso boasts an impressive track record as manager at Bay Arena where he took over less than two years ago. Under his leadership, Leverkusen currently sits eight points clear atop Bundesliga standings and remains unbeaten this season across 33 games spanning various competitions.

Leverkusen expected to offer lucrative extension till 2026

Despite these developments and interest from Liverpool towards their successful manager; Bayer Leverkusen remains confident about retaining him on their side. The report adds that while they have been appraised about Reds' interest in Alonso; they are optimistic about keeping hold of the Spaniard, who has a deal with them until 2026.

As Liverpool prepares for a new chapter post-Klopp, the potential acquisition of Xabi Alonso could be an exciting prospect for fans. However, it remains to be seen whether Leverkusen will release their star manager or if Liverpool will have to continue their search elsewhere.

Regardless, this summer promises to be an interesting one for all parties involved in this managerial merry-go-round.

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