Having hung up his boots at the end of last season, many believe Xabi Alonso’s next natural step is into the world of football management.
Personally, we can already picture the classy Spaniard suited and booted in the dugout, passing on his vast knowledge and experience onto the next generation.
But which team does the 36-year-old dream of managing one day?
You guessed it.
Speaking to Guillem Balague, the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder revealed he’d welcome the opportunity to manage Liverpool, having spent an enjoyable five years at the club under Rafael Benitez.
Alonso said: “Managing Liverpool?
“Yes for sure, I have dreamt of that, but first I have to prove myself and prepare.
“If I decide somewhere along the way to take my chances as a manager, my link, my commitment, my passion with Liverpool is there.
“Why not? We will see if we can cross paths in our ways.”
However, the World Cup-winner will have to get in-line behind another club hero.
Former teammate Steven Gerrard – who currently coaches the Reds Under-19 team – has been touted by many to be Jurgen Klopp’s natural successor.
And Alonso is in agreement.
He said: “I think that Stevie will go earlier than me, it’s the natural way.”
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