• May 23, 2024
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Klopp addresses reports of Slot replacing him at Liverpool


By Peter Ochieng

Outgoing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered his verdict on Dutchman Arne Slot taking over from him at the Anfield dugout.

Slot currently manages Feyenoord in the Netherlands. 

It is public knowledge that Klopp will be leaving the Reds at the end of the season after 9 years, and the hunt is on for a new manager.

Slot has been earmarked as the next Liverpool tactician, after legendary midfielder Xabi Alonso who currently coaches Bundesliga Champions Bayer Leverkusen, declared his desire to remain at the Bay Arena beyond this season. 

Klopp praised the work Slot has done at Feyenoord, hailing him as a good guy. 

The Dutchman has reportedly expressed his interest in joining Liverpool, with a view of filling Klopp’s huge shoes. 

Klopp said he doesn’t know his proposed successor well, but there are people he knows that know him.

“I’m not involved in the process, but I like a lot about it if he is the one and wants to take the job. I like the way his team plays football. All the things I hear about him as a guy – a good guy. Some people I know, know him. I don’t know him, but some people who know him say he’s a good guy. I like that a lot. So a good coach, a good guy. Looking forward for the club, if he is the solution, if he is the man, I am more than happy,” the German tactician told reporters as quoted by Goal.com.

Managing Liverpool, he added, is the best job in the world.

“Best job in the world. Best club in the world, and it helps, obviously, with not finishing on a high, it looks like. Great job, great team, fantastic people. Slot would be taking a really interesting job.”

Liverpool went down 0-2 against Everton in mid week, denting Klopp’s chances of winning the English Premier League (EPL) title for the second time before he departs. 

The manager said the defeat against Everton made him really disappointed. 

“I can’t remember ever being as disappointed and frustrated as I was after the Everton game, I lost a lot of games in my life but it was special we were not there,” he said.

“I cannot say I think they still feel us around, I am pretty sure Arsenal and City now see it as a two-horse race, they have to say something else publicly but I don’t expect them to lose two games.”

Liverpool’s title hopes are now hinged on Arsenal and Manchester City losing at least two of their remaining fixtures, before end of the season.

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