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'I have trust' - Trent Alexander-Arnold responds to Liverpool making Arne Slot decision

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 26 min ago
Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold has spoken ahead of Arne Slot arriving as new Liverpool head coach
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'I have trust' - Trent Alexander-Arnold responds to Liverpool making Arne Slot decision

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 26 min ago
Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold has spoken ahead of Arne Slot arriving as new Liverpool head coach
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Saudi clubs 'plan approach' for Mohamed Salah as Barcelona 'consider' exiting Liverpool star

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 29 min ago
Salah is expected to stay at Liverpool next season as he enters the final year of his contract amid interest from Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi clubs 'plan approach' for Mohamed Salah as Barcelona 'consider' exiting Liverpool star

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 29 min ago
Salah is expected to stay at Liverpool next season as he enters the final year of his contract amid interest from Saudi Arabia.
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I would wake up screaming and soaked in sweat after what Liverpool did to us

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 2 hours 44 min ago
It was on this day in 2004 that Liverpool produced the Miracle of Istanbul to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final
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I would wake up screaming and soaked in sweat after what Liverpool did to us

icLiverpool.co.uk - 2 hours 44 min ago
It was on this day in 2004 that Liverpool produced the Miracle of Istanbul to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final
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I was Arne Slot’s captain at Feyenoord - this is why Liverpool players will love him

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 29 min ago
Gernot Trauner spent three years working under Slot and only had positive things to stay about the Dutchman ahead of his Liverpool arrival.
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I was Arne Slot’s captain at Feyenoord - this is why Liverpool players will love him

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 29 min ago
Gernot Trauner spent three years working under Slot and only had positive things to stay about the Dutchman ahead of his Liverpool arrival.
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Liverpool 2023-24 player ratings - Alisson Becker excellent but new signing may need Arne Slot

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 46 min ago
How Liverpool's players were rated by the ECHO this season with Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Cody Gakpo all causing a stir
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Liverpool 2023-24 player ratings - Alisson Becker excellent but new signing may need Arne Slot

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 46 min ago
How Liverpool's players were rated by the ECHO this season with Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Cody Gakpo all causing a stir
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Paul Tierney made more VAR errors than ANY referee in the Premier League

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 3 min ago

Jurgen Klopp made his feelings clear about Paul Tierney during his time at Liverpool, and rightly so, with no VAR making more errors last season.

“I have no problems with any referees, only you.”

Those were Klopp’s words to Tierney following the 2-2 draw at Tottenham in December 2021, with there already having been a number of issues involving the official beforehand.

That was far from the last time their paths crossed, and the Liverpool manager even received a ban for comments about the referee after another clash with Spurs last year.

It was a rivalry that became a running joke, with fate tempted when Tierney was appointed for Klopp’s penultimate game in charge as he looked to avoid a yellow-card suspension for his Anfield farewell.

Jurgen Klopp accused referee Paul Tierney, second right, of unprofessionalism after Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

Jurgen Klopp accused referee Paul Tierney, second right, of unprofessionalism after Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

While it may have been deemed harsh of the German, there is clear evidence why Tierney is one of the most frustrating officials in the Premier League.

According to ESPN, no official made more VAR errors than the 43-year-old during the 2023/24 campaign, with his four equalled only by Stuart Attwell.

Tierney averaged an error every 7.75 games, with only Attwell (7.5 games), Darren England (5.5 games) and Tony Harrington (five games) slipping up more frequently.

That included his failure to intervene for Alexis Mac Allister‘s red card against Bournemouth, which was later chalked off after appeal.

Interestingly, however, Tierney’s own refereeing decisions were only overturned by VAR twice, with Harrington (five overturns in 10 games) finishing the season with the worst record.

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Harrington, averaging 0.6 subjective errors per game, is among the worst-performing referees overall, behind only Attwell (0.71 per game) and Michael Salisbury (1.07 per game).

John Brooks (0.14 per game) and Simon Hooper (0.16 per game) who both questionably sent off Liverpool players in the season just gone, were judged to have made the fewest subjective errors.

In other news, Liverpool were impacted better by VAR decisions than any other club than Brighton last season, though they also saw more VAR errors than any other team.

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Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have disagreed on Liverpool’s most influential player

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 38 min ago

Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders formed a world-beating team at Liverpool, but the departing manager and his assistant have disagreed on their game-changer.

Klopp, Lijnders and many of their colleagues have now left Merseyside, taking up ventures elsewhere or, in the boss’ case, enjoying semi-retirement.

Liverpool’s assistant manager will start work as head coach of Red Bull Salzburg this summer, supported by Vitor Matos, and will hope to emulate their success at Anfield.

The Dutchman will take lessons from his years working under Klopp, though it is clear that their relationship was as equals more than anything.

As they wound down their time together at Liverpool, the pair took in various interviews and events to bid farewell to the club.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino says an emotional goodbye to the supporters as team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker embraces him after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino says an emotional goodbye to the supporters as team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker embraces him after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Per The Athletic, during a gathering with all club staff at Anfield that saw him host an hour-long Q&A, Klopp was asked for advice on building a great team.

“Build it around Bobby Firmino!” was the German’s candid response.

Speaking to The Redmen TV, however, Lijnders appeared to give a different take on the most influential player in Liverpool’s success.

“Ali, the one who made everything possible,” he said of Liverpool’s No. 1.

“Without this guy, no chance. No chance, no chance. You need a good, good goalkeeper to win trophies.”

Firmino and Alisson are undoubtedly two of the most important players in the club’s recent success, so neither could be considered the ‘wrong answer’.

 Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are other contenders, too, with Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold clearly in with a shout of having the biggest impact on this Liverpool side.

Put simply, it shows not only the quality that Klopp and Lijnders were able to work with, but also the ability to nurture their potential.

“Everybody thinks that we, tactically, are the inventors of everything,” Lijnders continued.

“Bobby Firmino invented that role, and knowing that he controls this, and Sadio and Mo in these positions, they play here, win the ball and they are in counter-attacking positions to score.

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“That was the idea, we use Mo, Sadio in the best [roles], we use Bobby in the best [role].

“But then we have new players, you need to start developing new ideas.”

Clearly, then, while Lijnders may believe Liverpool would have won nothing without Alisson, he is as big an advocate of Firmino as Klopp.

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Erik ten Hag thinks Arne Slot faces easier job at Liverpool than he has at Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - 5 hours 3 min ago

Erik ten Hag believes Arne Slot arrives in “better waters” at Liverpool than he did at Man United, summing up his feelings on the issues at Old Trafford.

With Ten Hag expected to be sacked regardless of the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final, there may be no reunion with Slot in the Premier League next season.

The two Dutchmen met on four occasions while in the Eredivisie, with Slot’s AZ Alkmaar twice triumphant over Ten Hag’s Ajax, who returned the favour against Feyenoord.

Both built strong reputations for their work in the Netherlands, but Ten Hag’s struggle since joining Man United has been a red flag for many Liverpool fans.

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The Man United boss himself believes Slot has a better platform for success at Anfield, which highlights how he feels about his job at Old Trafford.

“This is great for the Dutch trainers’ guild, and Arne Slot also fits Liverpool with his philosophy,” Ten Hag told vi.nl.

Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have left a strong foundation.

“He ends up in better waters than I did when I went to Manchester United from the Netherlands, in terms of structure in the club, in terms of balance in the squad.”

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag (R) shakes hands withLiverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag (R) shakes hands withLiverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ten Hag’s time in Manchester has been fraught with struggle both on and off the pitch, with the 54-year-old facing a ridiculous series of transgressions.

Though there is promise of change with their recent takeover, the club is in shambles, as highlighted by the news of Ten Hag’s sacking emerging before the FA Cup final.

In that sense, he is right, with Slot joining Liverpool at the best possible time – with Klopp only choosing to depart when he felt the squad was strong enough.

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Of course, Ten Hag’s words could be seen as piling pressure on his compatriot, but there is an honesty in his assessment of the two clubs.

Slot had previously turned down an offer to take over as Tottenham manager which, as Ange Postecoglou has since discovered, is also a much different proposition than head coach at Liverpool.

Better waters indeed!

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New theory emerges on Xabi Alonso future Liverpool move as Arne Slot already faces pressure

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 5 hours 29 min ago
Arne Slot will be Liverpool manager next season after replacing Jurgen Klopp
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New theory emerges on Xabi Alonso future Liverpool move as Arne Slot already faces pressure

icLiverpool.co.uk - 5 hours 29 min ago
Arne Slot will be Liverpool manager next season after replacing Jurgen Klopp
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Erik ten Hag delivers honest verdict on Arne Slot to Liverpool and makes Man Utd comparison

Liverpool.com - 5 hours 39 min ago

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he believes Liverpool's appointment of fellow countryman Arne Slot is a good one — and he has admitted that the Feyenoord boss will inherit a much easier situation than he was thrown into.

According to The Guardian, Ten Hag will be fired by Manchester United regardless of what happens later today against Manchester City. But he has hinted that Slot's arrival at Liverpool will not go the same way because of the high-quality and well-defined structure in the background.

"This is great for the Dutch trainers’ guild," Ten Hag has told the Dutch outlet Voetbal International ahead of the FA Cup final. "And Arne Slot also fits Liverpool with his philosophy.

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"Jürgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have left a strong foundation. He ends up in better waters than I did when I went to Manchester United from the Netherlands. In terms of structure in the club, in terms of balance in the squad."

The Liverpool squad that Klopp leaves behind is one that is ready to take the next step, with the experiences gained in his final campaign likely only to be of benefit next year when it will hope to go one better. In contrast, Manchester United was in need of a rebuild when Ten Hag moved to Old Trafford.

That is not to say that the Dutchman is entirely blameless, however. Antony was just one signing that he pushed for that has spectacularly failed, while his tactical set-up is essentially midfield-less and relies almost exclusively on individual moments rather than a coherent or well-coached system.

Liverpool.com says: Ten Hag and Slot are both Dutch and bald but the idea that they are therefore the same manager is simply not true. Liverpool has done its due diligence on Slot. Lijnders is a big fan and his previous work with Feyenoord paints the kind of picture that you want to see with an appointment.

Few would have selected Slot as an obvious pick when the Klopp bombshell was dropped. Ultimately, though, this is why a move was made to bring back the likes of Michael Edwards. Liverpool did not go down the most obvious route, but made a pick that it believes has the best chance of being a long-term success.

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Liverpool reality post-Jürgen Klopp clear for FSG amid $22m rival move and Barcelona chaos

Liverpool.com - 5 hours 59 min ago

If you think Liverpool has a lot to sort out this summer — and it does, with transfers, contracts, backroom team appointments and more to be worked out — you should see the state that some of the other clubs around Europe are in.

Arne Slot has now long been known as the head coach who would replace Jürgen Klopp and while there are more things to be worked out than usual at Anfield, there has long been a plan in place to oversee the transition. In Michael Edwards and co, FSG has brought back experts who have an existing track record of doing exactly what is required.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, has gone through countless managers as it seeks to replace Thomas Tuchel — including asking Tuchel if he would like the job next season even after it was agreed he would leave — and is set to pay $22m (£17m/€20m) for Vincent Kompany, according to Sky Germany, despite the former center-back having just been relegated while in charge of Burnley.

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Manchester United, The Guardian reported yesterday, has already decided to fire Erik Ten Hag no matter the outcome in the FA Cup final. Barcelona, it was revealed this week, has fired Xavi from his position and now looks set to hire Hansi Flick. Xavi had decided to leave of his own accord at the turn of the year before he was convinced to stay. Now, he has been told to go.

At Chelsea, the latest bold Todd Boehly move has seen the US owner part ways with Mauricio Pochettino just as the Argentine was getting to grips with the challenge of dealing with such a changed squad. Now, that process will have to start again under a different manager, with the process of finding a replacement only just beginning.

Meanwhile at Liverpool, though replacing Klopp remains a near-impossible task, the process has been undertaken well in advance and the transition from the German to Slot therefore stands the best possible chance of being a success. FSG has the team behind the scenes in place and the head coach worked out and has had that mapped out for months — at several other elite clubs, the decisions are yet to be made, and won't be as data-led even when they are.

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Of course, for Liverpool, the true barometer of success next season will be at least maintaining its current position as the third-best team in the Premier League. Ideally, it would be able to compete all the way to the end with Manchester City and Arsenal — and crucially, neither of those two clubs is changing manager.

Pep Guardiola has spoken this week about being closer to the end of his time with the Etihad side than the start, but it would be a surprise if the Manchester City boss moved on this summer. His contract runs until 2025 and while he might not extend beyond that, he will be there next year.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has been at Arsenal for five seasons but is showing no signs of wanting a move away. As yet, his only silverware has been the FA Cup picked up during his debut campaign and he surely needs to win at least the Premier League title for his work at the Emirates to be complete.

Those are the two coaches that Slot will have to show himself to be capable of competing with as Liverpool boss. But with the situation at Anfield very different from what is happening at Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United and elsewhere, the reality is that he certainly has a better chance of having a smooth switchover than most. FSG will know that, which is why is made swift and decisive moves ahead of time.

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Liverpool legend has Xabi Alonso theory after Arne Slot appointed to replace Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool.com - 6 hours 16 min ago

When Jürgen Klopp announced that he was leaving Anfield at the beginning of this year, everyone was naturally shocked. However once the announcement had been digested, people began to question who would have the almighty challenge of attempting to succeed the German.

Xabi Alonso was the first name that cropped up. The former Liverpool midfielder has been doing exceptional wok at Bayer Leverkusen, and by the end of the season had guided the club to its first-ever Bundesliga title and to the final of the Europa League.

Most assumed Alonso would leave Leverkusen at the end of this season, with the bigger fish of the European game circling the Spaniard. Liverpool and Bayern Munich came calling, but Alonso shocked many by publicly stating his desire to remain at Leverkusen and continue the work he started in late 2022.

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that perhaps Alonso didn't want to be the coach to immediately follow Klopp, considering the struggles that Manchester United have had since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Arsène Wenger left Arsenal in 2018.

Speaking to the Daily Express, the ex-Liverpool defender said: "The people I speak to, and I feel the same, think maybe the time to get the job was after Mr Slot. The pressure now will be immense and maybe Alonso has been really cute by saying ‘I’d love to have the job but not yet’, and that’s the way of the world.

"They will back him, though. There is no doubt about that because that’s the way the football club is. They know he’s going to be different, and anyone who doesn’t realize that is not a proper Liverpool fan."

After Alonso decided to stay at Leverkusen, Liverpool was linked with Sporting CP coach Rúben Amorim (in a variety of places including ESPN) before the club went all-in for Arne Slot, officially announcing his arrival on May 20 following Klopp's final game in charge of the club. He will start his new role on June 1.

Klopp left Anfield with a record of 491 games managed, with 299 wins, 109 draws and 83 defeats, and goes down in history as the club's second-most successful manager of all-time, behind Sir Kenny Dalglish. Slot signed a three-year contract with Liverpool, and has already arrived in the city.

Liverpool.com says: It's not hard to agree with Lawrenson's take. In addition to seeing where he could take this growing Leverkusen side, Alonso likely knew that whoever was going to replace Klopp faced a mammoth task in trying to succeed him. The smart play was, as Lawrenson said, to become Liverpool boss after Slot, and not Klopp.

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Arne Slot has clear Liverpool transfer plan as two players show what must now happen

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 6 hours 35 min ago
Liverpool will strengthen their squad in the summer and there's one position that continues to nag away at supporters
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Arne Slot has clear Liverpool transfer plan as two players show what must now happen

icLiverpool.co.uk - 6 hours 35 min ago
Liverpool will strengthen their squad in the summer and there's one position that continues to nag away at supporters
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