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Slot confirms he will replace Klopp as Liverpool manager

AFP | New Delhi     

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Feyenoord coach Arne Slot confirmed yesterday that he would be replacing Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool next season.

“There hasn’t be an official announcement yet -- but I don’t think it will come as news to you that I will be coach there next season,” Slot told reporters. The BBC said last month that Slot’s deal to replace Klopp was worth up to £9.4 million (10.9 million euros).

“The feeling that I’m leaving here is getting stronger. There are some people you don’t simply just want to shake hands with,” Slot said ahead of his last game at the club.

“At those times, it’s not about whether you have become a champion or won the cup, but more about the appreciation between people,” he added.

Slot moved to Feyenoord in 2021 after impressing in his first managerial role at AZ Alkmaar. He led the Dutch giants to the inaugural Europa Conference League final at the end of his first season, in which they narrowly lost 1-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Slot then delivered just a second league title in 24 years to De Kuip last season before penning a new three-year deal. “You can see people are genuinely sorry you are leaving,” he said.

“You can say that with words, but when you see it in people’s faces, it affects me quite a lot.”

The Feyenoord club website said a farewell party was being organised at the raucous De Kuip stadium after Slot’s final game, against Excelsior.