‘MY HUNCH IS’: Raphael Honigstein Shares When Xabi Alonso Will Make Final Liverpool Decision

Liverpool have been in the race to appoint ex-midfielder Xabi Alonso this summer as a replacement for Jurgen Klopp, and journalist Raphael Honigstein has provided an update on when the Spanish manager could make a decision on his future, with Bayern Munich also interested.

Klopp announced that he would be departing Liverpool at the end of the campaign, leaving the Reds with a major decision to make.

Alonso has been linked with a move to Anfield, but the Merseyside outfit are set to face competition in the race to secure his signature. It’s no surprise, considering the sensational job he’s doing with Leverkusen this season.

Sources recently told GIVEMESPORT that Liverpool are preparing an offer to prise Alonso away from Leverkusen as they hope to steal a march on Bayern, who are also hoping to appoint the former Real Madrid midfielder.

For now, Alonso will be focusing on lifting the Bundesliga title, with his side yet to lose a game in all competitions so far this campaign.

Speaking on The Daily Football Briefing podcast, journalist Honigstein has claimed that discussions are happening now, during the international break, and he’s likely to make a decision by the end of April…

“So am insisting he’s made up his mind, some are saying he’s definitely not made up his mind. My hunch is that these are discussions that are happening now, in the international break, which is a good time for this, and that he will, out of courtesy of all the clubs involved including Leverkusen, probably make a decision by the end of April. That would be my timeframe.”

It’s set to be a nervous wait for Leverkusen, Bayern, and Liverpool as they hope that Alonso will be in charge of their side in time for next season. Either way, all three clubs will need a succession plan in place in case the Spanish coach decides to move elsewhere.

According to journalist Bence Bocsak, Richard Hughes, who was recently brought in as Liverpool’s sporting director ahead of next season, is on good terms with Alonso’s agent, Inaki Ibanez. One of his other clients, Andoni Iraola, was appointed by Bournemouth back in 2023. Hughes is currently at the Cherries until he departs later this year to make the move to Anfield.

Whether his relationship with Ibanez is strong enough to give the Reds an advantage in the race remains to be seen, but the Merseyside club will be hoping it will allow them to storm ahead of Bayern and convince the 44-year-old to come back to Anfield.



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