Slot becomes Liverpool’s top contender

Arne Slot is now a serious contender to land the Liverpool job.

The Reds are continuing their search for Jurgen Klopp’s successor and the Feyenoord boss is high up on their list of candidates. 

But Dutchman Slot, 45, is also of interest to Bayern Munich, along with Ralf Rangnick and Roberto de Zerbi, as the German champions look to land Thomas Tuchel’s replacement.

Liverpool haven’t decided on who their next manager will be but Slot is a real candidate as they scour Europe for the right man to replace Klopp. 

The Reds had been linked with Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso but never really believed he would leave the new Bundesliga champions and last month he confirmed he is staying in Germany.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim – another strongly linked with Liverpool – has held discussions with West Ham but is reportedly not currently keen on a move to the London Stadium.

There has been no progress or approach from Liverpool for the Sporting manager. Brighton boss De Zerbi is another on Liverpool’s list but Slot is now really in the mix.

The Dutch manager led Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title last season and won the Dutch Cup this term by beating NEC on Sunday. They are currently nine points off leaders PSV in this season’s title battle with just four games to go so will be relinquishing their Eredivisie crown.

They finished third in their Champions League group this season and exited the Europa League after defeat by Roma in February. Liverpool executive Michael Edwards and sporting director Richard Hughes continue to lead the search for Klopp’s successor alongside data analyst Will Spearman.

Slot was on Tottenham’s shortlist last summer before he opted to stay in Holland and Spurs went for Ange Postecoglou. He has been backed by Dutch legend Marco van Basten to be a success outside of his homeland.

Van Basten said: “I think Slot is really good. I hope he stays in the Netherlands longer because it is an enrichment for Dutch football. He can really go anywhere: Bayern Munich, Liverpool… I’m really convinced of that.

“I hope he stays in the Netherlands, but I am convinced he can do it anywhere. I’ve spoken to him a few times, and he handles the players very well. Of course, he is also very well-versed tactically. 

“I can explain his ideas well; he is calm and intelligent. As far as I am concerned, he is a top trainer. I really think he can go to any club, even difficult clubs. He is very smart in his choice of words.” — Mirror

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