Liverpool fans name the coach they most want to succeed Jurgen Klopp and the player they most fear leaving in YouGov survey
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Liverpool fans name the coach they most want to succeed Jurgen Klopp and the player they most fear leaving in YouGov survey

Mar 9, 2024
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  • German coach plans to leave Anfield after nine years in charge this summer 
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Xabi Alonso is the overwhelming favourite among Liverpool supporters to succeed Jurgen Klopp as manager, a survey has found.

Klopp will call time on nine successful years in charge at Anfield at the end of the season after the German admitted he was feeling exhausted.

Attention has already turned to his successor and the bookmakers’ favourite also appears to be the fan first-choice.

The Sky Bet Fan View survey, conducted by YouGov, found 63 per cent of Liverpool fans asked want Bayer Leverkusen coach Alonso to be the club’s next manager.

Former Reds midfielder Alonso, 42, is enjoying an outstanding campaign with Leverkusen, who crushed their Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich 3-0 last Saturday to move five points clear at the top.

Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool this summer after nine successful years in charge at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool this summer after nine successful years in charge at Anfield

Liverpool supporters have made clear who they want to replace Klopp in a YouGov survey

Liverpool supporters have made clear who they want to replace Klopp in a YouGov survey

Former Reds midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is the favourite

Former Reds midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is the favourite 

Alonso's Leverkusen recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich

Alonso’s Leverkusen recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich

Leverkusen are also still in both the German Cup and the UEFA Europa League ahead of what promises to be an exciting end to the season.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard ranked second among fans surveyed but his total of 18 per cent was a long way shy of his former team-mate Alonso.

Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders received eight per cent, Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi four per cent and Ruben Amorim, Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Frank two per cent apiece.

In a sign of the pressure Alonso or whoever replaces Klopp will find themselves under, 56 per cent of Liverpool fans expect a Premier League title challenge in their first season at the helm.

Meanwhile, 73 per cent of fans expect Klopp to sign off by wining at least two trophies this season, while an optimistic six per cent think Liverpool will scoop a Quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

The arrival of a new manager could see squad upheaval in the summer but the survey revealed Mohamed Salah is the one man fans don’t want to see depart.

Liverpool fans voted Mohamed Salah the one player they really don't want to see leave

Liverpool fans voted Mohamed Salah the one player they really don’t want to see leave

73 per cent of Liverpool fans believe Klopp will sign off by winning at least two more trophies

73 per cent of Liverpool fans believe Klopp will sign off by winning at least two more trophies

55 per cent of the Liverpool fans asked said they are most afraid of the Egyptian star leaving, a figure well ahead of goalkeeper Alisson Becker on 24 per cent and defender Virgil van Dijk on 21 per cent.

Liverpool, who are currently two points ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit, return to action at Brentford on Saturday lunchtime.

They host Luton Town next Wednesday before taking on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 25.


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