What Xabi Alonso has said about the prospect of managing Liverpool one day following news that Jurgen Klopp will leave at the end of the season.
Xabi Alonso has previously admitted it is his dream to manage Liverpool, but he is currently focused on his job at Bayer Leverkusen.
At a press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, Alonso was quick to quieten any 'speculation' linking him with a move back to Liverpool.
"I was surprised by Jurgen's news. I have huge respect for Jurgen and Liverpool. At the moment I am really happy here and enjoying my work. Each day and game is a
challenge. We are in an intense and beautiful journey here at Leverkusen," he said.
"Speculation is normal, but I have great respect and admiration for what Jurgen has done at Liverpool in the last nine years, and how he's done it. He has a connection with the fans, he's done a great job, but my focus is here at Bayer Leverkusen.
"I have great motivation to do a good job here, I'm very happy with the team, with the club, with everything, so that's my focus. My focus isn't on May, it's on tomorrow ahead of our game against Gladbach and helping my players to be ready. But what I will say is it was surprising what happened at Liverpool with Jurgen leaving."