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Arne Slot confirms he will succeed Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Feyenoord manager Arne Slot confirmed he will manage Liverpool next season in a press conference today.

The 45-year-old will succeed Jurgen Klopp, who leaves after the final Premier League game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

“I can confirm that I will become the trainer there next season,” Slot said at a press conference on Friday (via the Daily Mail).

A work permit is still pending for his coaching staff, and Liverpool will eventually make an official announcement.

Slot emerged as the first-choice candidate to take over at the Merseyside club after Xabi Alonso decided to stay at Bayer Leverkusen. 

The Reds were also linked with a move for Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim, but he has since announced he will stay with the Primeira Liga champions.

Liverpool reportedly decided on Slot around a month ago. He was also keen on taking the job, claiming he’d be crazy not to consider their interest. He now has the task of rebuilding Liverpool post-Klopp.

The former AZ Alkmaar manager’s stock has risen considerably after leading Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title last season and winning the KNVB Cup this term.

He also led them to the Europa Conference League final and the Europa League semi-final.

However, Dutch football fans will argue that he did his best work at AZ, where he took a team that finished fifth and matched perennial champions Ajax in the 2019/20 season.

The Dutchman was linked with Tottenham Hotspur last year but opted to stay another year. Chelsea also interviewed him and were impressed but still hired Mauricio Pochettino. 

Slot has now joined Liverpool, where he has massive boots to fill.

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