Published: 09:25, May 18, 2024
Dutchman Slot confirms he is taking Liverpool job next season
By Reuters
Feyenoord's head coach Arne Slot reacts to his players during the Europa League play off, first leg soccer match between Feyenoord and Roma at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Feb 15, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

Feyenoord's Arne Slot confirmed on Friday that he would be Liverpool's manager next season after Juergen Klopp leaves the Premier League club at the end of the campaign.

Liverpool have not yet confirmed Klopp's replacement, with the German manager leaving after the club's final game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

"I can confirm that I will become the trainer there next year," Slot told a news conference, according to ESPN.

Feyenoord's head coach Arne Slot has been in charge of the Dutch club since 2021, and won the Eredivisie league title in 2022-23 along with the KNVB Cup this season. Feyenoord also reached the Europa Conference League final in his first season at the club

"Until now I was not thinking about this being the build up to my last match, but that starts coming now. At the beginning of the week you are thinking about training and those kind of things.

"But the feeling gets stronger now. That is why I'm a little bit late now (for the news conference), because I wanted to say goodbye to some people personally and take time for them, more than just shaking hands.

"So yeah, the feeling grows. I understand that good results help, but it is very nice to feel that people really are thinking it's a pity that I'm leaving."

Feyenoord confirmed Slot's departure, posting a video on X saying: "The Arne Slot era is coming to an end. Let's enjoy the last moments."

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Slot has been in charge of the Dutch club since 2021, and won the Eredivisie league title in 2022-23 along with the KNVB Cup this season. Feyenoord also reached the Europa Conference League final in his first season at the club.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after his team victory at the end of the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on Dec 20, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

Klopp announced in January that he would leave Liverpool at the end of this season. Although Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso and Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim were previously linked with the job, the 45-year-old Slot is set to take charge.

Slot had signed a contract extension with Feyenoord at the end of last season until 2026, with media reports saying Liverpool needed to pay the Dutch club an undisclosed sum for his signature.

Slot had signed a contract extension with Feyenoord at the end of last season until 2026, with media reports saying Liverpool needed to pay the Dutch club an undisclosed sum for his signature

Attacking football

Slot was linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job at the end of last season, before signing his contract extension, and his aggressive, attacking football style attracted Liverpool.

In Slot's first season, he took Feyenoord to third place and last year they won the league title.

This season, they were denied a repeat of their title triumph by an impressive PSV Eindhoven.

Slot's success and entertaining brand of football has previously attracted interest from English clubs, including Crystal Palace and Leeds United, before Spurs tried to entice him to north London at the end of last season.

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He decided to remain at Feyenoord, extending his contract, but the approach from Liverpool proved irresistible and Slot will now have the task of replacing the much-loved Klopp, who joined in 2015 and built a legacy over nearly 500 games.