Alonso to Adam! 18 former Liverpool FC players who are now managers

There have been some notable former Liverpool players in the headlines when it comes to their managerial pursuits, and here we look at the 18 ex-Reds who are currently managers.

There was one notable success story when it came to a former player turning his hand at management last season, and it’s no surprise that his name is Xabi Alonso.

The Spaniard was linked to the Liverpool job for some time but made the decision to remain at Bayer Leverkusen, whom he guided to a league and cup double after an undefeated domestic season!

With his history-making season in mind, let’s take a look at some other former Reds who are currently managing across the world at various levels:

  • Xabi Alonso – Bayer Leverkusen
  • Steven Gerrard – Al-Ettifaq
  • Nuri Sahin – Borussia Dortmund
  • Dirk Kuyt – Beerschot
  • Charlie Adam – Fleetwood Town
  • Harry Kewell – Yokohama F. Marinos
  • Andrea Dossena – SPAL
  • Jan Kromkamp – CSV Apeldoorn
  • Nigel Clough – Mansfield Town
  • Albert Riera – Bordeaux
  • Igor Biscan – Al-Ahli SC
  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid B
  • Alvaro Arbeloa – Real Madrid U19s
  • Javier Mascherano – Argentina U20s
  • Steven Caulker – Malaga City
  • Sebastian Leto – Kifisia
  • Mark Kennedy – Swindon Town
  • Julian Dicks – Heybridge Swifts

NORWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2012: Liverpool's Nuri Sahin celebrates scoring the third goal against Norwich City during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A notable name on this list is Nuri Sahin, who was recently named Borussia Dortmund manager after stepping up from his role as assistant under previous boss Edin Terzic.

The 35-year-old has long ties with Dortmund having played there as a youth player and under Jurgen Klopp, he made 274 appearances for the German club in comparison to his 12 for Liverpool.

His former team-mate Steven Gerrard is still in charge of Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia – his side finished sixth last season – and in January he signed an extension until 2027.

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Club Atlético de Madrid's coach Fernando Torres during the UEFA Youth League Group B Matchday 3 game between Club Atlético de Madrid Under-19's and Liverpool FC Under-19's at the Atlético de Madrid Centro Deportivo Wanda Alcalá de Henares. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dirk Kuyt, meanwhile, secured Beerschot promotion to the Belgian Pro League for 2024/25; Charlie Adam is at Fleetwood Town, who recently were relegated to League Two; and Harry Kewell is now managing in Japan.

Fernando Torres spent three years coaching Atletico Madrid U19s but is now manager of Atletico Madrid B having taken the next step in his promising management career.

Assistants and those still looking

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 31, 2024: Former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler, working for TNT Sports, before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the likes of Steven Caulker (Malaga City) are taking their first steps into management, a number of ex-Reds have recently vacated positions and are currently out of work.

That includes, Robbie Fowler (Al-Qadsiah), Robbie Keane (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Rigobert Song (Cameroon), Alberto Aquilani (Pisa), Gregory Vignal (Versailles) and Mauricio Pellegrino (Cadiz).

As for those in assistant roles, Stewart Downing is with Leeds U21s, Nabil El Zhar with Muaither SC, it’s Colchester for Paul Konchesky, and Christian Poulsen has been with the Denmark national team since 2021.

Finally, Craig Bellamy could find himself on the list of employed managers shortly having been strongly linked with both Burnley and Wales.

It’ll be interesting to see how they all get on in 2024/25 and who else joins the list!