Liverpool 'send representatives to watch Ruben Amorim's Sporting' as they eye Portuguese boss to replace Jurgen Klopp... but Bayer Leverkusen's Xabi Alonso remains the frontrunner

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By Tamara Prenn

Published: 19:32 EST, 2 March 2024 | Updated: 19:53 EST, 2 March 2024

Liverpool are believed to person sent nine representatives to watch Ruben Amorim's Sporting CP arsenic they constrictive their shortlist of managers to switch Jurgen Klopp, according to reports. 

The heavy dressed up manager's nine-year stint astatine Anfield will travel to an extremity pinch nan adjacent of this campaign, aft Klopp collapsed nan news that he was 'running retired of energy' and making nan determination to time off successful precocious January. 

The Reds are wished to springiness nan German caput coach a send-off to retrieve arsenic they proceed to compete connected each fronts aft securing their first portion of silverware - nan Carabao Cup - past weekend. 

But nan Liverpool level are keen to unafraid a successor up of Klopp's departure successful a bid to easiness nan modulation betwixt eras, pinch Amorim considered alongside Xabi Alonso and Roberto De Zerbi. 

As per nan Mirror, nan Merseyside nine are successful nan heavy of further owed diligence earlier inviting nan head to question and reply for nan role. 

Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch Ruben Amorim's broadside Sporting successful their Taca de Portugal lucifer against Benfica

The Portuguese broadside hit their Preimeira Liga rivals 2-1 successful nan first limb of their semi-final

Bayer Leverkusen coach - and general Liverpool subordinate - Xabi Alonso (pictured) remains nan beforehand runner to switch Jurgen Klopp

Amorim had been considered for nan apical spot astatine Chelsea at various points - first pursuing nan sacking of then-manager Tuchel  successful September 2022, and later nan departure of Graham Potter successful April 2023. 

The caput coach was thought to person had a merchandise clause successful his statement worthy an estamated £8.5million, but this fig is believed to person been slashed significantly. 

The 39-year-old's Sporting broadside beryllium 2nd successful nan Primeira Liga this season, pinch Amorim named Manager of nan Month successful January. 

With Liverpool's scouts successful attendance, they hit table-topping rivals Benfica 2-1 successful nan first limb of their Taca de Portugal semi-final. 

The nine are successful nan process of considering a scope of candidates owed to imaginable difficulties they could person securing frontrunner Alonso. 

The erstwhile Liverpool midfielder has had a revelatory play astatine Bayer Leverkusen, pinch his broadside presently unbeaten since nan commencement of their run and sitting atop nan Bundesliga, 7 points clear of their closest rival, Bayern Munich. 

Bayern sacked caput coach Thomas Tuchel past week and are successful nan hunt for his replacement. Like Liverpool, they will beryllium keen to tie upon Alonso's ties to nan broadside arsenic a subordinate successful a bid to tempt him to nan Allianz. 

Jurgen Klopp will time off nan Merseyside nine aft 9 dressed up years astatine nan helm of Liverpool

Brighton caput coach Roberto De Zerbi is besides thought to beryllium nether information astatine Anfield

On Wednesday, Mail Sport reported that Liverpool had reached retired to Alonso's supplier Inaki Ibanez, pinch Leverkusen chiefs straight informed astir nan club's attack for their high-flying manager. 

Alonso is contracted pinch nan nine until 2026. 

On English soil, Liverpool are thought to beryllium eyeing Brighton leader De Zerbi, on pinch Premier League rivals Manchester United - should nan nine return nan determination to move connected existent caput coach Erik 10 Hag. 

The Seagulls are said to beryllium putting contingency plans together successful mentation for nan Italian's imaginable exit astatine nan extremity of nan season.  

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