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Liverpool Eye Feyenoord’s Manager as Potential Klopp Successor

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Liverpool Football Club is reportedly eyeing Feyenoord coach Arne Slot as a leading candidate to succeed Jurgen Klopp, according to sources close to ESPN. This move comes after Liverpool cooled their interest in Sporting CP coach Ruben Amorim.

Xabi Alonso, initially a top target, opted to stay with Bayer Leverkusen, leaving Slot ahead of Amorim and Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi in contention for the managerial role at Anfield.

However, Liverpool anticipates competition from Barcelona and Bayern Munich in securing Slot’s services, prompting the club to continue assessing other potential candidates.

Jurgen Klopp, who has achieved remarkable success with Liverpool including Champions League and Premier League titles, announced his decision to step down at the end of the season, marking the end of his tenure since 2015.

Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan had previously emphasized a “data-led” approach in finding Klopp’s successor. Michael Edwards, the former sporting director who returned to Anfield as head of football operations, has been tasked with identifying and hiring the new manager.

Arne Slot, 45, guided Feyenoord to the Dutch title last season and rebuffed advances from Chelsea and Tottenham in the previous season to remain with the Rotterdam-based club. He committed to Feyenoord until 2026 by signing a new three-year contract in May 2023.

Sources suggest that Liverpool’s hierarchy sees Slot as an ideal fit, considering his style of play, personality, and ability to work within the club’s structure.

While Feyenoord is expected to try to retain Slot, there is optimism within Anfield that the allure of the Premier League might persuade the former AZ Alkmaar coach to make the move to England.

Currently, Liverpool is positioned second in the Premier League, level on points with leaders Arsenal. They are gearing up for a crucial derby clash against Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park.