Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher forming a neo-Liverpool bootroom?
Could it really ever happen?!
According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, maybe!
The reporter was discussing Xabi Alonso’s immediate future, with the legendary, recently retired midfielder announcing this week that he’s going into management.
“He wanted to play under Pep because he was already thinking about managing. I can see him at Liverpool, perhaps with Gerrard and Carra next to him? He is open to styles, which means he is not one to stick to one philosophy, ” Balague told Sky Sports.
“By the way he played you can tell he wants to dominate games, and to do that you must have the ball, recover it early, be very physical and fast. But will he have the players?
“I have the impression he will start with a good team, not too low down, but I haven’t spoken to him about that yet. I cannot wait to see him on the bench.”
The problem with combining Alonso, Carra and Stevie is that they’re all big enough characters (and egos) to work as no.1s – not no.2s!
Gerrard has ambitions of management and is currently learning his trade with our U18s. The long-term aim is that he moves to the U23s and perhaps one day takes over from Jurgen Klopp.
Carra talks a very good game working as a pundit for Sky Sports, but as Gary Neville proved with Valencia, that’s no guarantee of on-field success.
We think Alonso may be given the Bayern job, actually. He flourished there as a player during the final three seasons of his career and an appointment would reflect Zinedine Zidane’s at Real Madrid’s a few years back, when the Frenchman replaced Carlo Ancelotti – coincidentally just sacked by the Germans.