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Liverpool Next Manager Odds: Xabi Alonso 8/11 favourite after Richard Hughes appointment

Richard Hughes has been named Liverpool's new sporting director and one of the first items on his agenda will be to identify Jurgen Klopp's successor.

The 44-year-old, who's spent a decade as Bournemouth's technical director, has been lauded for his astute recruitment and will officially begin his new role at the end of the season.

Hughes reportedly has ties with the agent of Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso, who is the 8/11 favourite to fill the managerial vacancy at Liverpool.

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As Leverkusen continue their remarkable charge towards a maiden Bundesliga title, speculation has been rife over Alonso's future.

The Spaniard was installed as the favourite to become the next Liverpool manager after Jurgen Klopp announced he will be stepping down from his role upon conclusion of the 2023/24 campaign.

With his Merseyside affiliation and an innovative brand of attacking football, Alonso would appear to be the perfect candidate in Liverpool's managerial hunt.

But the Reds face stiff competition for Alonso's services, with Bayern Munich also in the hunt for a new head coach following their decision to part ways with Thomas Tuchel.

The Bavarian giants are renowned for poaching the brightest talents that the Bundesliga has to offer and Bayern would see the capture of Alonso as adequate redemption for Leverkusen nicking their league title.

While Hughes faces the unenviable task of sourcing Klopp's successor, he does have experience in luring Basque tacticians to the Premier League with Andoni Iraola's move to Bournemouth.

Interestingly, following the dismissal of Scott Parker in September 2022, it was reported that Roberto De Zerbi was high on Hughes' shortlist to take the Cherries job before he inherited the Brighton role three weeks later.

De Zerbi is third in the betting to become the next Liverpool manager at 5/1, behind Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim.

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