Arne Slot: “I’m going to miss it”

Arne Slot seems to be an open book and has once again all but confirmed his imminent Liverpool appointment ahead of the summer.

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Arne Slot seems to once again have confirmed his imminent switch to Liverpool, although he of course stopped short of actually saying he is Jurgen Klopp’s successor.

The Feyenoord manager has been an open book amid all the speculation, saying on Friday before his side’s 3-2 win over NEC on Sunday that his Liverpool appointment will be a ‘matter of days’.

With a 4-2 victory over Sparta Rotterdam last weekend, PSV won the Eredivisie this season.

Feyenoord finished second this time around after winning the Eredivisie in 2022–2023.

Under manager Peter Bosz, PSV has performed incredibly well this season, winning 28 of their 32 games, drawing four times, and losing just once overall.

We can thus forgive Arne Slot for not guiding Feyenoord to back-to-back Championships because PSV simply put on an incredible show throughout the course of the season.

Feyenoord have won the Dutch domestic cup in April, so there is not an awful lot left to play for in their season.

The 45-year-old manager will no doubt have a small part of his mind focused on Liverpool as he prepares for his final home game in charge of Feyenoord this coming Sunday.

It will be an emotional goodbye for Arne Slot at De Kuip on Sunday, and he will hope to end his Feyenoord career with three points against Excelsior.

Arne Slot reaffirms Liverpool switch

Speaking after his side’s 3-2 win of NEC in the Eredivisie this past weekend, Slot once again seemed to allude to his switch to Liverpool all but official.

When quizzed on whether he would miss being the Feyenoord manager, he said:

“It has been a great pleasure in the three years that I have worked there.”

“With incredible pleasure at the [training] complex as well as working with high-quality people as well who made me feel at home since day one.”

“On the other hand, yes I am really going to miss it [Feyenoord], that is clear.”

When asked if he would be watching Aston Villa vs Liverpool this evening, he replied:

“I was surprised with the question… overall I was also sitting in front of the TV for Manchester United vs Arsenal.”

“So if there are any Premier League games on then I watch it- tomorrow night is not an exclusion.”

Since Jurgen Klopp’s departure was announced, Arne Slot was not initially seen as the leading candidate for the Liverpool managerial role.

The media and discussions mainly focused on other potential candidates, including Xabi Alonso and Ruben Amorim.

Nonetheless, it became clear that Liverpool’s leadership was intent on appointing Arne Slot, leading to rapid developments in the situation.

Journalist Paul Joyce reported that Liverpool has agreed to a compensation package with Feyenoord of €9 million, plus an additional €2 million in add-ons, to secure Slot’s services.

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