Arne Slot: Liverpool’s Risky Safe Bet

Slot was described as not particularly athletic but compensated with his footballing intelligence. Recognizing that coaching was his future, Arne Slot hung up his boots at age 35.

Only one team was able to stop Feyenoord in the rest of the Conference League competition. After eliminating major household names, like Partizan (Serbia) and Marseille (France), Roma stopped their successful run in the final (1-0). A quick contract extension followed as a reward for his efforts in building a team with a unique character in a limited time.

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Made memories in Rotterdam…

What to expect from Slot

Arne Slot’s journey follows the typical coaching trajectory – starting as a player who behaved like a coach at the end of his career and then moving to assistant roles. His ambitions became increasingly obvious job after job. Cambuur was his first professional coaching gig, where he was an assistant to Henk de Jong. 

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From the beginning, the AZ board praised Arne Slot for being “ambitious and innovative.” Initially assisting John van den Brom, Slot was eventually promoted to head coach for the 2019-2020 season. AZ had been trophyless in the previous two years – finishing third and fourth in the Eredivisie and losing the cup final – which was deemed insufficient by the board. 
His first season saw Feyenoord top their Conference League group that consisted of Union Berlin, Slavia Prague and Maccabi Haifa. 
Without a doubt, Arne Slot resembles Klopp in many ways. However, he also incorporates elements of control, influenced by Pep Guardiola, notably through the use of inverted full-backs. 
Like many modern managers, Slot is not fixated on formations. Throughout his career, he has repeatedly switched between the classic 4-3-3 and the 4-2-3-1.
Jürgen Klopp announced he would leave at the end of the season, leaving a void in Liverpool’s coaching seat. Although Ruben Amorim (Sporting) and De Zerbi (Brighton) were rumoured as potential successors, it was Klopp himself who announced last week that it would be Arne Slot. But who is he?
92 goals this @eredivisie season
De Jong left the club in 2016, and Rob Maas arrived after the team was relegated to the second national division. Under Maas, the club had a shaky start, and after only 10 games, he was dismissed, allowing Slot to work as interim with Sipke Hulshoff.
Multiple players have significantly improved under Slot’s reign, such as Orkun Kökçü, who blossomed into a dynamic player before signing for 25M with Portuguese club Benfica. Mats Wieffer is another name the media has noticed in the past season. He has become a valuable pivot and has attracted interest from numerous clubs.
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The real story begins here; his previous tenures at other clubs served as a learning curve. Arne Slot took charge of Feyenoord in 2021, succeeding Dutch legend Dick Advocaat. Slot revamped his staff, bringing in the notable Robbie Van Persie as a field coach. 

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