Revealed: Arne Slot does NOT want any Feyenoord players to follow him to Liverpool

Liverpool are widely expected to announce Arne Slot as the successor to Jurgen Klopp, with the German manager presiding over his final game this weekend. 

Anfield will be the setting for Klopp’s swansong, with Wolves visiting in the Premier League on Sunday. 

In his place will come Arne Slot, the Feyenoord coach who led his side to an Eredivisie title last season, as well as a KNVB Beker (Dutch cup) this term. 

Slot, 45, is also a two-time Dutch manager of the year and comes to Merseyside with a reputation as a purveyor of attractive football throughout his three years in charge of his team. 

He enters the club as ‘head coach’ rather than manager, meaning it is likely Slot will have less of a say in transfers than his predecessor.

That responsibility will go to incoming sporting director Richard Hughes as well as FSG’s new CEO of Football Michael Edwards, who are no doubt planning a busy summer of incomings and outgoings at the club. 

Slot’s time in charge at Feyenoord has produced numerous transfer successes for the Dutch giants. 

Arne Slot, Lutsharel Geertruida

2024-03-03 PSV v Feyenoord - Dutch Eredivisie EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 3: Head Coach Arne Slot of Feyenoord points with finger, Lutsharel Geertruida of Feyenoord throws a ball during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on March 3, 2024 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo by Broer van den Boom/BSR Agency Eindhoven Netherlands Content not available for redistribution in The Netherlands directly or indirectly through any third parties. Copyright: xBSRxAgencyx

Players like Orkun Kokcu, Luis Sinisterra, Marcos Senesi, Tyrell Malacia and Fredrik Aursnes have banked Feyenoord considerable transfer fees in recent seasons and the current crop also includes some of Europe’s most in-demand emerging stars. 

Santiago Gimenez, David Hancko, Lutsharel Geertruida - spotted at a Liverpool game recently - , Mats Wieffer, Quilindschy Hartman and Quinten Timber are reportedly on the shopping list of some of the continent’s biggest clubs. 

Hancko and Geertruida have both been linked with Liverpool but Slot is NOT keen on any of his Feyenoord players moving along with him to Anfield. 

Slot wants Feyenoord to sell as few players as possible

He revealed following the weekend victory against NEC that he hopes his legacy remains in place at De Kuip and that this group of players has the opportunity to grow together. 

His lineup at the weekend contained some fringe players and he was examined after the game by the Dutch media about the state of the squad he was leaving behind. 

“Is that hopeful for the future? Well, it is especially nice for us as staff,” the coach said as quoted by Algemeen Dagblad. 

“Our belief was and is to make the entire team better. And these boys have all been given time and attention to improve.

“When I left [previous club] AZ, you saw the same football there as before during the first half of the season. But is that hopeful? In my opinion, Feyenoord should mainly ensure that as few players leave as possible. Then many players will be able to do this with their eyes closed for the next six months.” 

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