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Arne Slot: Liverpool confirm Dutchman as Jurgen Klopp's successor

Arne Slot won the Eredivisie with Feyenoord in 2023 and the KNVB Cup this season; Dutchman replaces Jurgen Klopp, who stepped down as Liverpool head coach after nine years in charge; Xabi Alonso, Roberto De Zerbi and Ruben Amorim were previously linked with the job

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Image: Arne Slot has been confirmed as the new Liverpool head coach

Liverpool have confirmed Arne Slot as their new head coach.

The Feyenoord boss, who will start his new role on June 1, replaces Jurgen Klopp, who took charge of his final Liverpool game against Wolves on Sunday after the German spent the last nine years at Anfield.

Sky Sports News understands Slot has signed a three-year deal that runs until the summer of 2027.

In a departing message to Feyenoord fans, Slot said: "It is certainly not an easy decision to close the door behind you at a club where you have experienced so many wonderful moments, and worked so successfully with so many wonderful people.

"But as a sportsman, an opportunity to become a head coach in the Premier League, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, is difficult to ignore. I am grateful to Feyenoord for their willingness to cooperate in this transition."

Slot secured the Dutch Cup in April and led Feyenoord to their first title in six years in the 2022-23 season.

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Slot had previously been approached by Tottenham, Chelsea and Leeds. He signed a new contract last May to keep him at Feyenoord until 2026 but had referenced a desire to make the next step in his career.

Who is Slot and why do Liverpool want him?

  • Age: 45
  • Trophies won: Eredivisie 2022/23, KNVB Cup 2023/24
  • Playing style: Aggressive, full-throttle
  • Preferred formations: 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3

Similarities between Slot's Feyenoord and Klopp's Liverpool

  • Feyenoord have won possession in the final third more than any team in Europe’s top five leagues, with Liverpool in second
  • The average distance from their own goal when winning possession in open play: Feyenoord 45.2 metres, Liverpool 44.6m
  • High turnovers: Liverpool 353, Feyenoord 344
  • Average possession in the league: Feyenoord 62%, Liverpool 61.4%

During his time at Liverpool, Klopp won the Champions League in 2019, the Premier League in 2020, as well as the 2022 FA Cup and two Carabao Cup trophies in 2022 and 2024. He also won the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies in 2019.

Klopp announced his Liverpool departure in January of this year, citing a lack of energy to continue managing the club at the highest level.

The making of Arne Slot: Why he is right for Liverpool

Arne Slot has replaced the departing Jurgen Klopp as the next Liverpool manager - but who is the man the club believe can lead them into this new era and what can they expect from this 45-year-old Dutch coach?

In conversation with those who coached Slot and those who have been coached by him, as well as colleagues on his staff, we examine the making of Liverpool's next manager, exploring his tactical ideas, his man-management and his handling of the media.

Read Adam Bate's feature here...

Carragher: Liverpool's move for Slot shows lack of top managers

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Jamie Carragher feels Arne Slot may find the step up from Feyenoord to Liverpool difficult as he would have to meet the club's current demands to compete for the biggest trophies every season

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool's move for Arne Slot demonstrates the lack of "top managers" currently available.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool defender Carragher said: "From Feyenoord to Liverpool is a huge jump and I think it shows at this moment that there's probably a dearth of real top managers out there, when you look at who Liverpool are going for.

"Initially it was Xabi Alonso - it's only his first full season as a manager - then there was talk of Ruben Amorim from Sporting, who's only 39."

Carragher added the scenario facing Slot at Anfield differs from the one Klopp inherited in 2014 after his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, or the one Rafa Benitez walked into in 2004 after leaving Valencia.

"I don't think it's like Benitez coming in, or Klopp," he said. "Benitez coming in on the back of two LaLiga titles and a UEFA Cup, or Klopp winning a couple of league titles and getting to a Champions League final. Liverpool were actually in a different space then.

"That Liverpool team, certainly under Benitez that I was part of, we were the team trying to qualify for the top four. The same with Klopp when he came in.

"But Liverpool are in a different era now. They actually fancy themselves to challenge for the Premier League every season. Next season, in the Champions League they'd expect to get to the quarter-finals at least.

"I think it's a huge jump but he's obviously a great coach with a great track record so far. We'll see."

'Slot brings crazy, sexy football'

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Feyenoord boss Arne Slot gives an inspirational team talk following a huge win against Ajax last season - his side then went on to win the Eredivisie

Slot took over from Dick Advocaat at Feyenoord for the start of the 2021/22 season with the club having finished fifth the previous campaign.

Just two years later, they were champions of the Eredivisie. He built a pressing team playing intense, attack-minded football while also being able to win.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan said: "It was only a matter of time before another big English club would come knocking on the door.

"He's not only been a successful manager, he's also been hugely impressive with his playing style of very attack-minded, Pep Guardiola-style football.

"He's been a successful coach and made Feyenoord champions playing crazy, sexy football. It is sexy what this man brings on a football pitch.

"There's nothing more to win for him here. The next step for him is to enter a club in a big league and no league is bigger for the Dutch than the Premier League.

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