Why a move for Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso would make sense for Liverpool

The Reds are reportedly keen on the Bayern Munich returning on a free next summer.

A move for former star Xabi Alonso would make perfect sense for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp next summer.

The Reds are reportedly keen on the Spaniard making a return to Anfield when his Bayern Munich deal ends, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

While the arguments both for and against such a move are plenty, his re-signing could be beneficial to the Reds.

The midfielder would represent a clear improvement on the options Klopp has available in midfield, as it is an area that is particularly short on quality.

There is no world-class defensive midfielder in the squad at present, Emre Can and Lucas Leiva are good players, but nowhere near Alonso’s level.

Both are adept at the defensive side of their duties, but lack when it comes to the creative side of the role, an area that Alonso is particularly strong in.

He was well known for his ability to pick out at a pass during his time in England, and that has not diminished after moves to Real Madrid and Bayern.

Those moves have also given him a wealth of experience at the top end of football, something else that is currently lacking in this Liverpool squad.

The only other player who has competed at a top level is James Milner, with Klopp currently managing a young and relatively inexperienced side at Anfield.

Alonso could prove to be a big influence on those players should he arrive, and could prove a useful aid in the development of the likes of Emre Can in particular.

It would also be beneficial for Klopp to have another man in there that he knows he can rely on, with a midfield partnership between him and Milner a solid base to build from.

His age is not a problem either, with him showing he is still capable of performing at the highest level for Bayern this season.

Whether Klopp is willing to take the risk, and Alonso fancies a return to Merseyside, is yet unknown, but there are certainly reasons that a move could be a wise one next summer.

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