Plenty of Liverpool fans have been reacting to reports that former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso could return to the Premier League – but not as an employee at Anfield.
Goal.com reported this morning that the 38-year-old has been linked with the assistant manager’s job at Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola is seeking a successor to current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as his second in command. The story was subsequently shared on Twitter by @empireofthekop.
Xabi Alonso is one of the candidates to join Manchester City's backroom staff after Mikel Arteta took the reigns at Arsenal ?? https://t.co/bwYJs0iOTi
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) April 27, 2020
Alonso, who won the Champions League and FA Cup in a five-year spell at Liverpool in the 2000s, is currently in charge of Real Sociedad’s B team, with 12 wins from his 28 matches in the job so far. His team are currently fifth in Segunda Division B Group II, part of Spain’s third tier, and pushing for promotion.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder, who played under Guardiola at Bayern Munich, hailed his fellow Spaniard as “the best coach I’ve ever worked with” (as per Goal.com) and was recently endorsed by Arteta in a Q&A for Arsenal’s Twitter channel as someone who “will be a really good coach in the future”.
These Reds fans on Twitter hope that the reports of Alonso possibly taking a job at Manchester City prove unfulfilled, with one Kopite believing he should be hired by his former club:
Don’t do it Xabi.
— Lord Vincent (@vincentbrownlow) April 27, 2020
— Dale ??LFC ?? ??????? (@DaleLFC1983) April 27, 2020
Should have a job at Anfield imo. Nobody could pass a ball like him.
— Jan Willem Spaans (@janwillemspaans) April 27, 2020
We should offer him a job!
No one says anything when we take staff. If he learns his trade there and is good enough to be the next Liverpool manager.. game on
— Stephen Dallimore (@StevieD_80) April 27, 2020
@XabiAlonso would not do that to us, would you?
— Ravi Shah ?????? (@Shah89) April 27, 2020
That would end any talk of him returning to LFC for me. Ya can’t conspire against us with Pep, giving him insight into how to deal with Anfield, Hoping we lose games etc then expect to work for us again. Really hope it doesn’t happen. Loved him and always wanted an LFC return.
— MoustacheHis (@MoustacheHis) April 27, 2020
Liverpool fans, would you be hurt or angry if Alonso were to become Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City? Share your views in the comments section below!