Liverpool considering De Zerbi - and could be rivalled by Man Utd

Liverpool have identified Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp should they fail to appoint Xabi Alonso, their top target, according to The Guardian.

Alonso has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Klopp, who is standing down at the end of the season, after his stunning impact at Bayer Leverkusen, who are eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

However, the former Liverpool midfielder is not certain to take the job, with Bayern Munich also in the mix given Thomas Tuchel is leaving at the end of the season, while another season at Leverkusen has not been ruled out for Alonso either.

Liverpool need alternative plans and they have added De Zerbi to a list that also contains Sporting’s Ruben Amorim and the Germany manager, Julian Nagelsmann

De Zerbi, who has impressed since joining Brighton last season, is also believed to be of interest to Manchester United should they sack Erik ten Hag.

Speaking on Friday, De Zerbi insisted he has not made any decision over his future and that he is currently focused on his work at Brighton.