Following Xabi Alonso’s turnabout, Liverpool has a four-man shortlist as the $86 million deal may be shelved.

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The most recent information about Liverpool as four potential managers are listed following Xabi Alonso’s exclusion. Real Madrid may decide not to pursue a $86 million transfer offer.

This weekend marks Liverpool’s return to Premier League action in a crucial set of games that will determine the 2023–24 championship. This is your summary of the most recent Liverpool news.

Liverpool’s four-man list of substitutes for Xabi Alonso was made public.

Xabi Alonso, a former midfielder for Liverpool, has declared himself ineligible to compete for the positions at Bayern Munich and Liverpool this summer. The Spanish player is keen to remain at Bayer Leverkusen after an impressive campaign that has seen his team lead the Bundesliga by 10 points at the moment.

Following Jürgen Klopp’s announcement that he would be leaving Anfield after nine years in charge, Liverpool will now look to other contenders to take over as manager at the end of the current campaign. The Times reports that the other individuals shortlisted for the position have now been made public.

Coach Franck Haise of RC Lens, manager Roger Schmidt of Benfica, head coach Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton & Hove Albion, and boss Rúben Amorim of Sporting Club de Portugal are the names on the list. Amorim is currently the preferred choice, according to the ECHO.

Liverpool encounters a roadblock for the Real Madrid player

Should Real Madrid and Brazil’s Rodrygo not drop their asking price, Liverpool may give up on their pursuit of the winger. Although Mohamed Salah’s long-term future is still up in the air, the Reds may need reinforcements on the flank, and sources say they have targeted the Madrid player as a potential summer addition.

But according to the Spanish publication Fichajes, Liverpool is only willing to make an offer of $86 million (£68 million/€85 million) for Rodrygo, while Carlo Ancelotti’s team is reportedly demanding as much as $107 million (£85 million/€100 million). This represents a significant increase over the Merseyside club’s initial offer, which was reportedly valued at approximately $64 million (£51 million/€60 million).

The club may be considering a number of additional candidates, including Juventus star Federico Chiesa, Borussia Dortmund star Donyell Malen, West Ham United winger Jarrod Bowen, and newly appointed sporting director Richard Hughes. All of these players have the ability to step in and cover for Salah in the event that the Saudi Pro League’s spending powers decide to pique their interest in the Egyptian attacker once more.

Al-Ittihad had already made a verbal approach of $189 million (£150 million/€175 million) for the 31-year-old last summer, but Liverpool swiftly rejected it as Jürgen Klopp sought to hang onto his star player for the 2023–2024 campaign. This summer, Salah’s current contract at Anfield will approach its final year, which may compel Liverpool to sell the iconic attacker.

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