Xabi Alonso’s Star on the Rise: From Liverpool’s Midfield to Leverkusen’s Sidelines
Those familiar with the rhythm and roar of Anfield between 2004 and 2009 would remember the dynamism of one midfielder – Xabi Alonso. A genius on the ball, the Spaniard wove magic across the pitch, leaving fans with memories that have lasted well over a decade.
Yet today, Alonso is creating a different kind of legacy. Instead of controlling the ball, he’s controlling the tactics and players from the dugout.
Leverkusen’s Rejuvenation under Alonso
Inheriting a Leverkusen squad threatened with relegation was no small task. Many managers might have faltered, but not Alonso. The result? A commendable sixth-place finish in 2022/23 and a dazzling run to the semi-finals of the Europa League. A spell at Real Sociedad B, where he secured promotion, set the foundation for what seems to be a promising coaching journey.
Recognising his flair, Leverkusen promptly rewarded him with a contract extension till 2026. Alonso’s connection with the Bundesliga side, though strong, comes with an interesting twist.
A Curious Clause with Leverkusen
Reports, as sourced by Sport Bild, allude to a special understanding Alonso has with the Leverkusen management. Apparently, should a former club – like Liverpool – beckon him, he might just be able to respond without contractual hiccups. It remains a bit of a mystery if this is an official clause or a handshake deal, and whether it stretches beyond next summer.
Regardless, Leverkusen’s executives, it seems, are keen on keeping Alonso in high spirits, given their admiration for his unique coaching style.
Reds and Real: Who Will Call First?
The murmurs surrounding Alonso aren’t new. Liverpool, his former home, is rumoured to see him as a potential successor when the era of Jurgen Klopp, contracted till 2026 himself, comes to a close.
Yet, as fate would have it, another of Alonso’s former hunting grounds, Real Madrid, might just be the ones dialling his number. Speculation suggests the Spaniard is on their radar as a successor for when Carlo Ancelotti departs. And why not? After all, after leaving Liverpool in 2009, Alonso had a significant spell in Madrid, crowned with a Champions League win in 2014. Not to mention, his coaching odyssey began with Los Blancos’ youth teams.
Xabi’s Next Move
One thing’s for sure: Xabi Alonso, once a maestro on the field, is rapidly becoming one off it. Whether he continues to elevate Leverkusen, returns to the heartbeats of Anfield, or hears the call of the Santiago Bernabeu, the football world will be keenly watching his every move.