An unexpected candidate surfaces…Paulo Fonseca, Lille’s director of football, is named as Klopp’s successor

An unexpected candidate surfaces...Paulo Fonseca, Lille's director of football, is named as Klopp's successor Transfers

Xabi Alonso, the Bayer Leverkusen manager, is being talked about daily as the most likely candidate to take over at the helm of Liverpool next season.He has close ties to Anfield and is popular with the supporters as well as the owners.

While various other coaches’ names are being tossed around, Jonathan Johnson, a reporter well versed in French soccer, has also revealed that a Spanish coach is likely to take over, but recommends Paulo Fonseca, a coach who is competing for the top position in Ligue 1.

“We know Liverpool and Barcelona are going to be on the lookout for new managers at the end of this coming season, and while I’d love to say there’s someone managing in Ligue 1 who could be in the conversation for either of those clubs, my honest opinion is that there’s not currently anyone in the French top flight who could step in to either role,”

“For Liverpool, it’s very hard to see past the obvious fit of Xabi Alonso. The work he’s doing with this Bayer Leverkusen team this season is just phenomenal, if you look at their record but also the way they play, like in their commanding victory over Bayern Munich at the weekend, then the links are obvious, especially as Carlo Ancelotti has extended his contract as Real Madrid manager – it falls really nicely for Xabi Alonso to tread the path to Anfield.”

“If I was to pick anybody from Ligue 1 as a bit of an outsider who might be worth considering I might be tempted to go for Lille’s Paulo Fonseca because of the experience he’s had at some big clubs. He’s done decent work with Lille since coming in, but even then I still think it would be quite a leap for him to go to a Liverpool or a Barcelona, with all due respect.”


Fonseca, who will take charge of the club starting in the summer of 2022, has also led Roma and Shakhtar in the past.

None of these have lasted very long and have not been overwhelmingly successful, and as reporter Johnson said, they are not good enough to lead a big club.

At this point, Xabi Alonso is the new Liverpool manager in the making, but what do you think…!