Rafa Benitez sends warning to Xabi Alonso about replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 01
Xabi Alonso has been heavily linked with the Liverpool job (Picture: Getty)

Rafa Benitez has warned not to rush into taking the Liverpool job as the Bayern Leverkusen manager continues to be linked with replacing at Anfield.

Alonso is seen as after the announced he would depart at the end of the season.

The 42-year-old, who was an instrumental figure in Benitez’s League-winning Liverpool side, has Leverkusen eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and yet to lose a league game.

The Spaniard has after they announced Thomas Tuchel would depart at the end of the season.

Benitez, however, has cautioned Alonso about the dangers of taking the next step in his career too soon, especially in the modern social media age.

‘He’s a big name, good professional, good lad, clever, doing really well with Leverkusen so I understand why [Alonso is being linked],’ Benitez said in an interview with

‘[But] imagine that Steven Gerrard could be around and doing well. Then it would be ‘Gerrard!’

Rafa Benitez coached Alonso during his time at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘He has the potential to be a very good manager and if he has good players he will be successful, but then can he do it for five years, ten years? I don’t know.

‘He can go to any top side now but they will be expecting to win the title. And if you finish second, maybe it’s a great season but people will say, “Oh, he’s failed”.

‘In the past you could make a mistake somewhere, learn from it and the next year go to another team. Now social media and the press are “blah blah” — it can affect young coaches.’

Reports in Germany suggest that Liverpool have as they look to secure him as the club’s next manager.

Leverkusen’s sporting director, meanwhile, has said he is for him in the summer and remain with the club next season.

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