It is no secret that Liverpool are becoming increasingly enamored with the idea of Xabi Alonso being the man to replace Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. He looks the part, has all the correct qualities and his connection to the club is already tight having been one of their best players during his time here.
For now though, Alonso is continuing to stay focused on his current role as the head man for Bayer Leverkusen.
He has now reached 30 matches unbeaten in all competitions this term as his side sit at the top of the German Bundesliga, have won every Europa League game and more recently qualified for the German Cup semifinals.
Even the Reds who have been very much incredible this season, have tasted defeat on a few occasions.
What makes what Alonso is doing at Leverkusen so impressive is he has the backdrop of the one of the biggest clubs in the world positioning themselves to bring him in to lead the new era.
The fact that he has been able to stay locked in and have his boys motivated to keep pushing on all fronts is a very strong sign of his ability to handle pressure on the touchline.
Not that there might have been a concern, but the English media can be tough on big-time managers. Klopp, Pep Guardiola and others are not immune as they have all had their run-ins with the English press.
To keep winning with the eyes of the footballing world narrowing in on him and his club shows there is something special about him.
One of Klopp's most unique abilities as a football manager is to continuously get players to buy-in to what he wants to happen. Whether that player is a superstar or just a rotational piece, they all accept the vision for the club.
It's clear that Xabi Alonso has that same ability as his side remain perfect amidst the ever growing spotlight thrust upon them.
If the rest of this season is a trial run to how Alonso would handle things at Anfield, I believe he is absolutely acing it.
30 matches unbeaten might not be the only milestone he hits if things stay the same over the next few months.