Martin Skrtel interview: 'Xabi Alonso always looked like a manager'

Martin Skrtel reflects on his time with Xabi Alonso at Liverpool and discusses Alonso's potential future as a manager.


Skrtel's Observation of Xabi Alonso

Martin Skrtel played alongside Xabi Alonso at Liverpool for 18 months and always saw potential in Alonso as a future manager. Skrtel was impressed with Alonso's training, playing style, and football knowledge. He recognized that Alonso had the qualities and love for the game that would make him a successful manager.

Skrtel was initially surprised to see Alonso start his coaching career in Spain and then move to Germany, but he acknowledges the incredible achievements Alonso has made since then. Alonso has taken Bayer Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga with a record-breaking unbeaten streak.

Skrtel believes that Alonso's understanding of football and his ability to prepare a team for any challenge make him a fantastic manager. He is delighted to see Alonso's success and hopes that he continues on this path.

Alonso's Appeal to Liverpool

Alonso is a top contender to be the next manager of Liverpool, but there is competition from Bayern Munich and Leverkusen. Skrtel understands why Liverpool would want Alonso as their manager, as he already has a strong bond with the club from his time as a player. Skrtel believes that knowing the club well is important due to the unique pressures and expectations that come with being part of Liverpool.

Liverpool fans not only want a tactically skilled manager but also someone who can tap into the club's emotion and represent their interests. Skrtel believes that Alonso's love for the club and his connection with the city could give him an advantage in becoming Liverpool's next manager.

While following in Jurgen Klopp's footsteps may seem daunting, Skrtel believes that the next Liverpool manager will inherit a talented squad that can continue the club's success. This week is particularly important for Liverpool as they face tough matches in the Europa League and the Premier League title race against Manchester City.

Skrtel's Thoughts on Liverpool's Current Players

Skrtel credits Virgil van Dijk for playing a crucial role in Liverpool's resurgence and believes that he should be a strong contender for the PFA Player of the Year award. Despite missing key players due to injuries, Skrtel is hopeful that Liverpool can have a successful season and win more trophies. He acknowledges the talent of young centre-back Jarell Quansah and praises his performances alongside Van Dijk.

Skrtel himself retired from professional football two years ago due to a back problem but is considering a future in management. He has completed his UEFA A Licence and is contemplating the UEFA Pro Licence course. Skrtel still plays amateur football to stay fit and fulfill his love for the game.

The former Liverpool player will return to Anfield later this month for the LFC Legends' match, which is a charity fundraiser in aid of the LFC Foundation. Skrtel looks forward to reuniting with former teammates and experiencing the special atmosphere at Anfield once again.