Reds open talks with Feyenoord for Arne Slot

Liverpool have opened negotiations with Feyenoord over hiring their manager Arne Slot as a replacement for Jurgen Klopp, according to new reports. 

The Reds have known since November that the 56-year-old German would be stepping down from his post at the end of the season. 

Klopp made it public back in January that he would be leaving, citing fatigue, and efforts to replace the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup winner have intensified in recent weeks

No.1 choice Xabi Alonso ruled himself out of the running at the end of March, opting to instead remain with Bundesliga winners Bayer Leverkusen, where he is under contract until 2026. 

Ruben Amorim of Sporting CP was then reportedly the top candidate on Liverpool’s list but, following a quick trip to London to speak with West Ham on Monday, his chances of an Anfield move are decreasing rapidly

Paulo Fonseca spoke with the club regarding Klopp’s soon-to-be vacant position, but the Lille manager is unlikely to come on board at this stage. 

That leaves Slot as the clear candidate with the 45-year-old said to be impressing Liverpool decision makers with his style of football and championing of young players. 

Talks opened with Feyenoord for Slot

David Ornstein of the Athletic and The Times’ Paul Joyce now claim that talks are underway between Liverpool and Feyenoord CEO Dennis te Kloese. Contact has also been initiated with Slot, who is keen on the role. 

The Dutchmen led Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title last season and on Sunday added the KNVB Beker (Dutch cup) to his collection having downed NEC by a single goal. 

Slot does not have a release clause in his Feyenoord contract, which expires in 2026, but it has been well known around the club that he would seek pasture news this summer if the right opportunity came up

There had been significant contact with Tottenham last summer before the Londoners alighted on Ange Postecoglou, but it now appears Slot will get his Premier League move. 

It’s by no means a done deal with other candidates still in the frame but today marks a big step forward in Liverpool’s attempts to replace their legendary coach after nine years in charge. 

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