THE BALD FACTS

ARNE SLOT is set to be tasked with a near-impossible job – replacing Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The Dutchman emerged as Liverpool’s top managerial target this week, with club legend Klopp set to

depart at the end of the season.

Slot has already made it clear that he wants the job amid ongoing talks, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

But the Reds must negotiate a fee with Feyenoord before a contract is signed. Should he swap the Eredivisie for the Premier League, Slot will follow in the footsteps of fellow

follically-challenged Dutchman Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag left Ajax to become Manchester United manager in 2022 but has since struggled to find

success with the club. And Slot could risk finding himself in a similar position if he moves to Anfield.

The 45-year-old currently has a lower Eredivisie win ratio compared Ten Hag’s. Out of the 204 games Slot has taken charge of in the league — with Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar — 126

have been won, 33 lost and 45 ended as a draw, giving him a win rate of 61.8 per cent. In comparison, Ten Hag had a win rate of 63.2 per cent with 232 wins, 67 draws and 68 defeats from

367 games with Ajax, Utrecht and Go Ahead Eagles.

Slot took charge of Feyenoord in 2021 and has since won an Eredivisie title.

The Rotterdam-based club currently sit second in the league table.

Former midfielder Xabi Alonso was understood to be Liverpool’s top managerial target, but he

recently announced his decision to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for at least another season.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim has also been mentioned, but West Ham have also expressed

an interest. The Hammers held talks with the former Portugal international this week after flying him over to London — Sun

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