S1E78: Xabi Alonso my pick to succeed Klopp: Former Liverpool great Riise

  • 30 Jan 2024

Xabi Alonso is now head coach for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

Synopsis: The Straits Times looks at the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. This is a special episode featuring a former Liverpool legend John Arne Riise. 

In this episode of Sports Talk, ST's Deepanraj Ganesan speaks to former Liverpool and Norway defender John Arne Riise who says that his ex-teammate Xabi Alonso should be the man to step into Jurgen Klopp’s big shoes when the German manager leaves his role at the end of the season.

Highlights (click/tap above):

1:50 How Riise reacted to Klopp’s bombshell announcement 

3:22 Why Riise picks Alonso to replace Klopp?

4:30 Could Riise tell early on - during their time as teammates in Liverpool - that Alonso would one day go on to become a football club manager?

6:16 Can Liverpool win the English Premier League this season? 

8:30 The possibility of Reds legend Steven Gerard working with Alonso at Liverpool

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Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg) & Amirul Karim

Edited by: Amirul Karim

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