Arne Slot has just received perfect Liverpool transfer message as three contract doubts remain

Alexis Mac Allister during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 19 2024
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Alexis Mac Allister may have been speaking about Jurgen Klopp. But it was exactly what new Liverpool head coach Arne Slot will have wanted to hear.

Recalling one of his final chats with the now departed Reds manager, Mac Allister repeated the message he had been given.

"He told me what I knew, which was that I was in the right club to continue growing," said the midfielder.

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Given the whispers that suggested Real Madrid were sniffing around Mac Allister - admittedly with erroneous talk about potentially triggering a release clause that doesn't exist - it extinguished any lingering chat the Argentina international could be tempted to jump ship after just a year with Liverpool.

Nevertheless, Klopp's exit and the obvious wait to discover the impact of the new regime under Slot has prompted discussion of a changing of the guard beyond just the dugout and corridors of power at Anfield.

That's perhaps only natural given the huge influence Klopp has had on the careers of almost every player the Dutchman has inherited. If Klopp was undoubtedly loyal to his squad, that was wholly reciprocated.

Ravenous rivals may therefore believe this the perfect time to pick away at the Reds personnel and capitalise on any uncertainty in the minds of leading players over the future direction of the team.

Mac Allister, then, has indirectly sent a strong message that will be heard not only by potential suitors but also, Slot will hope, the remainder of the Reds squad and any potential new signings. If Liverpool remains the place for the World Cup winner to develop, why should it not be for anyone else?

That Klopp offered his own particular lure as an individual is indisputable. Nobody can replicate that. But, as Mac Allister also insisted, Liverpool remain a big club. And that won't change overnight due to a new face in the hotseat.

With merely a blueprint to offer possible new signings - at least for now - the ability of Slot and the Liverpool recruitment to sell their vision will benefit from leading players such as Mac Allister firmly nailing their colours to the mast. And it perhaps could prove persuasive in the early stages of talks with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah, who are all out of contract next summer.

In fairness, all three have already intimated they are fully invested in next season, while Andy Robertson has expressed excitement at the "new ideas" brought by Slot and his coaching staff and Ryan Gravenberch believes the head coach will be good for his career.

Of course, not all the current players will stay, a picture that will become clearer once Slot is able to work with his new squad and the fresh faces that are expected to be recruited in the forthcoming transfer window. That's inevitable regardless of whether Klopp remained in charge or not.

Caoimhin Kelleher, for instance, will have a decision to make on whether he needs to leave to realise his aim of becoming a first-choice goalkeeper, while speculation surrounding the future of Luis Diaz has shown no signs of abating. Curiously, there has been no indication of Liverpool yet offering a new deal to a player who is at the lower end of their salary scale, with Diaz still under contract until 2027.

Mac Allister, though, knows Liverpool is exactly where he should be. And Slot will hope others will recognise that fact.