Rafa Benitez sends warning to Xabi Alonso over Liverpool manager job | OneFootball

Rafa Benitez sends warning to Xabi Alonso over Liverpool manager job | OneFootball

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·1 March 2024

Rafa Benitez sends warning to Xabi Alonso over Liverpool manager job

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Rafa Benitez has urged Xabi Alonso not to rush the next move of his career and only join a top side once he is certain he is ready.

Alonso, who played under Benitez at Liverpool, has taken the world by storm at Bayer Leverkusen and is the top target for both the Reds and Bayern Munich, who are also on the hunt for a new manager to start the 2024/25 season.


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Despite the intense interest in his services, Alonso has also been tipped to stick with Leverkusen for at least one more season, and Benitez admitted doing so could be a smart move this early in his coaching career.

"With social media everything is going too fast [in the world] so that people don't analyse and don't see the big picture," Benitez, who led Liverpool from 2004 until 2010, told The Times. "I can understand why [Alonso is being hyped], because he's doing really well with Leverkusen and it's a big name, good professional, good lad, clever... [but] imagine that [Steven] Gerrard could be around and doing well. Then it would be 'Gerrard!'.

"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."

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