Arne Slot shares why Liverpool move has not yet been officially announced

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Feyenoord for Arne Slot.


Arne Slot has indicated that an agreement to become Liverpool’s new manager is in its final stages, but the Dutchman faces obstacles in assembling his backroom staff from Feyenoord.

Slot is set to finalize a deal to succeed Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season following productive discussions with Liverpool’s director of football, Michael Edwards.

However, Slot acknowledges that there are still some details to be sorted out.

Additionally, his plans to bring Feyenoord’s assistant coach, Sibke Hulshoff, second assistant Etienne Reijnen, and head of performance Ruben Peeters with him are encountering complications.

Liverpool, having already agreed to pay Feyenoord an £11 million compensation package for Slot, now face an additional £2 million demand for his trusted team, according to the Mirror.

Hulshoff’s situation is further complicated by his commitment as an assistant to Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman at Euro 2024 this summer.

Liverpool aim for Hulshoff to commence his contract on July 1, before the tournament concludes.

Slot has assured Dutch journalists that his move to Anfield is imminent.

“I can’t reveal the details right now, but it is not about my contract,” the 45-year-old said.

“There are a combination of factors which is the cause why there is no announcement yet.

“But don’t worry. It will happen.

“I know I have been saying this every time over the past week, but I do expect that it really is a matter of days now.

“Some things just need more time.”

Slot is also in search of a new goalkeeping coach following the departure of long-serving John Achterberg, who has opted to join former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq.

Achterberg’s decision to leave coincides with Klopp’s exit from the club.

Slot has been at the helm of Feyenoord since 2021, and last season he steered the club to its first Eredivisie title since 2017, finishing seven points ahead of PSV Eindhoven.

Although trailing Eredivisie winners PSV by seven points this term, Slot guided the Rotterdam outfit to Dutch Cup success with a 1-0 victory over NEC Nijmegen.

Liverpool’s decision to appoint Slot is believed to be influenced by his attacking style of play, his leadership qualities, and his adeptness at player development.

Slot assumed the role of Feyenoord manager in 2021 and had previously expressed interest in managing in the Premier League when he was linked with Tottenham in 2023.

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