Since the announcement of Jurgen Klopp’s retirement, news about his successor has been heating up. Names such as Robert De Zerbi, who has been playing attractive soccer at Brighton, and Julian Nagelsmann, whose contract with the German national team ends this summer, have been mentioned.
Among the many candidates, Xabi Alonso, who leads Bayer Leverkusen, is seen as the front-runner. The club legend, who played at Anfield during his playing days, has a lot of support from supporters and is in the process of building a track record in Germany.
According to Fichajes, if Liverpool coach Xabi Alonso is born, the club may demand the acquisition of German midfielder Florian Wirtz, who plays for Leverkusen with the club. The report also states that the club would have to pay more than 70 million euros for the transfer.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who has fully recovered from a serious cruciate ligament rupture, has been a mainstay this season, scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists in 26 games so far. He has been a regular call-up to the struggling German national team and has started eight times in the last 11 games.
He is expected to extend his contract until June 2027, and the newspaper reported that the player and his father want to include a termination clause in the new terms. And when the new contract is signed, the asking price is said to rise to 130 million euros.
The young midfielder has the potential to be the future of the German national team, but will he be playing at Anfield next season?