Now that Xabi Alonso is talking to the media, he gave Jurgen Klopp high praise after he decided to step down as Liverpool boss.
“To begin with, it was a surprise. I have a lot of respect for Jurgen. I liked him a lot before he came to Liverpool, and I love what he has done and how he has done it even more now that he is there.
But he wouldn’t say anything big about his future: “Right now I’m really happy here and enjoying my work here.” Every day and every game is hard. We are having a wonderful trip.
“I don’t have time to think about what to do next.” Now is all I can think about. I like where I am and am having a good time.
1:15 p.m. on January 26, 2024
Xabi Alonso talking to the press
The press conference for the Bayer Leverkusen boss will be a little different from what he thought it would be. A lot of people are going to ask him about Klopp’s exit and his desire to take over the job.
February 26, 2024, 1:08 p.m.
Michael Owen: “He will go down as a Liverpool legend.”
The former Arsenal player and TV host for Sky Sports has something to say about the news:
February 26, 2024, 1:11 p.m.
Graham Souness talks about Klopp’s exit.
Let’s look at some of the reactions to Klopp’s shocking exit.
‘I’m amazed, I just think the demands of that job, I just think that job is one of the best jobs in the world if you get it right, and he has done that,’ Souness said. It looks like he has a team again, but it’s just the stress it puts on one person.
That’s why I think Jurgen Klopp is a great fit for Liverpool: he’s always on the job. It costs a lot for him to be angry, emotional, and hostile. Being the manager of a big sports club puts a lot of stress on you.
12:55 p.m. on January 26, 2024
Klopp will talk to the press.
The German is going to talk to the press today at 3 p.m. GMT. It makes me wonder what the questions will be about…
12:47 p.m. on January 26, 2024
What game does Klopp have left?
Liverpool is still in four tournaments, as they made it to the final of the Carabao Cup this week.
His last Premier League game will be on May 19 against Wolves. However, if they make it to the FA Cup or Europa League final, he will stay on longer.
The final of the Europa League will be in Dublin on May 22, 2024. The final of the FA Cup will be at Wembley on May 25, 2024.
12:38 p.m. on January 26, 2024
It is possible for Xabi Alonso to join Liverpool because of a clause in his deal with Leverkusen.
There is a rumour that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen deal has a clause that could help Liverpool get him back to Anfield in the summer as Jurgen Klopp’s replacement.
BILD, a German newspaper, says that the present manager of Bayer Leverkusen has a clause in his contract that lets him join the club.
Find out more below:
12:35 p.m. on January 26, 2024
Jurgen Klopp’s collection of awards
While at Liverpool, the German has won almost every award there is:
1 Premier League
1 FA Cup
One Carabao Cup
1 piece of Community Shield
One Champions League
One Super Cup
One Club World Cup
Not too bad.
Michael Owen thinks Xabi Alonso will take over for Jurgen Klopp.
Michael Owen is sure that Liverpool star Xabi Alonso will be thinking about taking over for Jurgen Klopp after the shocking news that he is leaving at the end of the season.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen talked about the Spaniard’s possible next move. “There’ll be loads of options available to Alonso in the future, and I would have thought that he would probably have his eyes set on the teams that he played for, like Real Madrid or Liverpool, when the chance comes up,” Owen said.