Jamie Carragher, a revered figure in Liverpool’s history, has identified Xabi Alonso, his former teammate with the Reds, as the top choice to succeed Jurgen Klopp as the manager at Anfield.
Klopp’s unexpected announcement on Friday revealed his decision to depart Liverpool at the end of the season, citing a depletion of energy as he concludes his ninth year in charge.
Addressing the matter on Sky Sports, Carragher acknowledged the sadness surrounding Klopp’s departure, recognizing him as one of the greatest managers in world football and a significant figure in Liverpool’s history. Despite this, Carragher urged fans to shift focus towards the future and extend support to the incoming manager, emphasizing the club’s tradition of successfully moving on from managerial changes.
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Highlighting Xabi Alonso’s esteemed status at Liverpool, Carragher pointed out the former player’s Champions League and World Cup victories, noting his exemplary conduct. Carragher also highlighted Alonso’s managerial achievements at Bayer Leverkusen, labeling him as the most promising talent in European football at present and positioning him as the leading contender for the managerial role at Liverpool.