Arne Slot: A closer look at Liverpool’s new head coach

The Dutchman will take over from Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this sumer.

Arne Slot is taking over at Anfield
Arne Slot is taking over at Anfield (Richard Sellers/PA)

Liverpool have confirmed Dutchman Arne Slot will be their new head coach from June 1.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at the man who will succeed Jurgen Klopp this summer and what the erstwhile Feyenoord boss might bring to Anfield.

Winning mentality

Former midfielder Slot, 45, spent his playing career in the Netherlands with Zwolle, Sparta Rotterdam and Breda. After moving into coaching roles at Cambuur and then AZ Alkmaar, Slot stepped up into the manager’s job with the latter for the 2019–20 season, which was interrupted by the Covid pandemic. AZ finished second behind Ajax on goal difference in the shortened campaign.

Slot left for Feyenoord in December 2020, succeeding Dick Advocaat, and brought former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie on to his staff. In May 2022, Feyenoord reached their first Europa Conference League final, losing to Roma, and finished third in the Eredivisie. Slot’s second season at De Kuip saw Feyenoord win the Eredivisie title – the first for the club since 2017. Earlier this month, Feyenoord beat NEC Nijmegen to lift the 2024 KNVB Cup.

European experience

Arne Slot gained European experience from his time at AZ as well as with Feyenoord
Arne Slot gained European experience from his time at AZ as well as with Feyenoord (Richard Sellers/PA)

Liverpool’s new manager will be expected to be able to deliver more memorable European nights at Anfield. Slot would bring plenty of that experience with him. While at AZ, he took his side into the Europa League, where they played Manchester United in 2019. After moving to Feyenoord, Slot guided the club to the Europa Conference League final in May 2022. Eredivisie success brought with it a crack at the Champions League for 2023–24. Despite beating Celtic and Lazio in their group, the Dutch side did not qualify for the knockout stage and then lost out to Roma in the Europa League play-off round.

Attacking style

Slot (left) is keen for his side to press high
Slot (left) is keen for his side to press high (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Slot has grown into an attack-minded coach, also with an eye on bringing through talent, plenty of which would await in Liverpool’s youth ranks. Feyenoord, who will finish second to PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie this season, also press high, winning plenty of tackles in the opposition’s final third, and are comfortable in different formations, whether that is with one up top or a fluid 4-3-3. Slot was linked with a switch to Tottenham last summer, but Liverpool will now be his destination after agreeing what the PA news agency understands to be a three-year deal.