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Arne Slot doubles down on Liverpool’s plans after thinly veiled dig at Erik ten Hag

Arne Slot joined Liverpool this month after being confirmed as Jürgen Klopp’s successor at Anfield after the German coach ended a nine-year spell

Arne Slot(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

New Liverpool manager Arne Slot believes there are similarities between the playing style he will adopt at Anfield and that of Jurgen Klopp.

The Dutch coach was confirmed as Klopp’s successor at the end of last season and the German gave his approval by singing Slot’s name after his last game in charge. The former Feyenoord boss officially started working at Anfield at the beginning of June.




Slot was revealed on Wednesday as he completed his first interview with the Reds. The 46-year-old faces the tough task of putting his philosophy into practice in a summer influenced by the 2024 European Championship and the Copa America.

His work may be made easier by similarities in style with his predecessor. Slot admitted he was inspired by both Klopp and Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s scouting was highlighted.

“I think there are and I think that’s one of the reasons why I came in,” Slot said. “Because I think the way Liverpool ‘scouted’ me – I’m not sure if that’s the right word to use – wasn’t exactly the same type of looking, but I think when something has been successful (with) a certain way of would you like to expand or continue with this? This is probably one of the reasons that they also came to me.

“Yes, it’s my style, but I think it’s the style of a lot of modern coaches at the moment: we were all a bit inspired by the rivalry between City and Liverpool. We were all inspired by Guardiola and Klopp and I think big club at one point, where I also worked at Feyenoord, it’s probably the only style you can play – having the ball a lot, having a lot of energy, and I think even now there are comparisons between the club I left behind and the club I will now be working for.

“Both fans love to see a team that wants to do everything they can to win a game and when it is difficult they try to do everything they can to turn the game around and I think Liverpool that has often done. That has also been done often at my former team Feyenoord.”

Arne Slot poses with a Liverpool shirt after being officially unveiled as the new ‘head coach’ at Anfield(Liverpool F.C.)

However, Liverpool chiefs are unlikely to follow Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s advice. The former Ajax boss did not give a convincing statement of support to Slot’s Feyenoord team last season.

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