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Liverpool confirm Arne Slot their new manager as Dutchman costs more than Andy Robertson

Liverpool have officially confirmed that Arne Slot will replace Jurgen Klopp as their manager on a multi-year contract, subject to a work permit. Klopp is ending an eight-and-a-half-year reign at Anfield and Slot will leave his position at Feyenoord to take up the role left vacant by the German.

In a statement announcing the news, the Reds said: “Liverpool Football Club can announce Arne Slot has agreed a deal to become the club’s new head coach, formally taking up the position on June 1, 2024, subject to a work permit.”

Klopp had confirmed his departure in a surprise statement on January 26. The 56-year-old, in charge of Liverpool since October 2015, said he is running short on energy and added: “It is not what I want to [do], it is just what I think is 100 per cent right.”

He had already revealed his decision to the Liverpool board in November and they have since been hard at work to identify his successor. Feyenoord tactician Slot is the man the Liverpool decision-makers are instead putting their faith in and he publicly declared his desire to take the job last month.

The 45-year-old – understood to have signed a three-year deal – has built an impressive CV in his native Netherlands after success with Cambuur, AZ Alkmaar and now Feyenoord. Slot led his current club to the Europa Conference League final in 2022 before winning the Eredivisie title last term, just their second since 1999.

The Dutchman also guided the Rotterdam outfit to KNVB Cup glory last month having knocked out champions elect PSV earlier in the tournament. Feyenoord finished X points behind their Eindhoven rivals in the league despite only losing twice in 34 matches and conceding just 26 goals in that time.

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Liverpool think the Feyenoord manager is the best fit available for their current squad. As well as Slot’s tactical expertise and attacking approach, the Reds value his personality and ability to develop players. They have agreed a deal worth up to £9.4million to appoint him. That is more than they paid to sign left-back Andy Robertson from Hull in 2017.

Klopp said of Slot last month: “I like a lot about it, if he is the one, he wants to take the job. He is desperate. I like the way his team play football. All the things I hear about him as a good guy. Some people tell me that he is a really good guy. I like that a lot. I’m more than happy. It’s not up to me to judge these things but it all sounds really good to me.”

Coming over to Merseyside with Slot will be assistant manager Sipke Hulshoff, head of performance Ruben Peeters and analyst and technical advisor Etienne Reijnen. They will replace the outgoing trio of Pepijn Lijnders, Peter Krawietz and Andreas Kornmayer.

Slot will work under Liverpool’s new sporting director Richard Hughes who reports in to Michael Edwards above him. Edwards is Fenway Sports Group’s CEO of football and had a huge say in the appointment of Slot.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso had initially been eyed before Slot but he confirmed that he wants to stay in Germany after leading the club to their first ever Bundesliga title. Sporting boss Ruben Amorim was another target but a refusal to budge from his 3-4-3 formation saw the Portuguese tactician ruled out.

Klopp will meanwhile be immortalised as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever managers and had an emotional farewell against Wolves last Sunday. He ended the Merseyside giants’ 30-year wait for a league title in 2019-20, a year after delivering the club’s sixth European Cup triumph.

The German has also won two Carabao Cups, an FA Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and the Community Shield. His Liverpool teams also reached another two Champions League finals and managed 92-point and 97-point league seasons that did not yield a title due to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Part of the reason the former Borussia Dortmund manager is leaving Liverpool is because of his faith in the current squad. They looked to be competing for a quadruple earlier this year but have since been dumped out of the FA Cup and Europa League while falling short to City and Arsenal in the title race.

But Klopp still leaves having won the Carabao Cup in his final campaign and having qualified for the Champions League, which they failed to do last term. The coach has vowed never to manage another English club after his time at Liverpool and has been tipped to manage the German national team in the future.


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