Despite First Approach from Liverpool Amid Klopp Succession Talks, Xabi Alonso Affirms Loyalty to Leverkusen
However, amidst the speculation, Alonso remains steadfastly committed to steering Leverkusen's ship to Bundesliga glory.
The former Liverpool midfielder, now at the helm of Bayer Leverkusen, has been reportedly approached by the Reds, but he's firmly fixated on the task at hand: clinching Leverkusen's maiden Bundesliga title.
The Reds, in their quest for Klopp's successor, have reportedly earmarked Alonso as their prime candidate.
According to Foot Mercato, contact has already been made between Liverpool and Alonso.
Contacts have been initiated between Liverpool and Alonso's camp, but the Spanish tactician is basking in Leverkusen's current success. The club currently leads the Bundesliga table, perched above traditional giants Bayern Munich.
Speaking on the matter last month, Alonso exuded his commitment to the Leverkusen cause: "I was surprised by Jurgen's news. I have huge respect for Jurgen and Liverpool. At the moment I am really happy here and enjoying my work. Each day and game is a challenge. We are in an intense and beautiful journey here at Leverkusen.
"Speculation is normal, but I have great respect and admiration for what Jurgen has done at Liverpool in the last nine years, and how he's done it. He has a connection with the fans, he's done a great job, but my focus is here at Bayer Leverkusen.
"I have great motivation to do a good job here, I'm very happy with the team, with the club, with everything, so that's my focus. My focus isn't on May, it's on tomorrow ahead of our game against Gladbach and helping my players to be ready. But what I will say is it was surprising what happened at Liverpool with Jurgen leaving."
Alonso's managerial journey, which commenced with Real Sociedad B, saw him eventually landing at Leverkusen's doorstep.
His tenure has been marked by steady progress, culminating in a contract extension in 2023 and an impressive unbeaten streak that stretches across 30 games in all competitions.
As for Liverpool, the prospect of welcoming back a club legend in Alonso has ignited the imaginations of fans. His illustrious playing career at Anfield, coupled with his burgeoning coaching acumen, presents an enticing proposition for the Reds' hierarchy.
Nevertheless, Alonso remains grounded, focused on the immediate challenges with Leverkusen.
As the managerial merry-go-round spins on, Liverpool's pursuit of Klopp's successor continues. Will Alonso move to Anfield. Time will tell.