Arne Slot ally makes Liverpool switch admission with Reds in line for £9m compensation

Jyri Nieminen (L), Feyenoord goalkeeper coach
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Arne Slot has already been joined at Liverpool by one of his former assistants, with Ruben Peeters arriving as the club’s new lead physical performance coach.

Who else might be joining him is unclear, with Feyenoord No.2 Sipke Hulshoff not yet officially confirmed as Anfield’s latest arrival although his switch seems imminent. Six backroom staff members left with Jurgen Klopp this summer and will need replacing.

Meanwhile, Liverpool confirmed their first exit of the window this week, with Calvin Ramsay joining Wigan Athletic on loan for the 2024/25 season. More may leave too but a previous transfer exit from a number of years ago could see Liverpool rake in an extra £9m thanks to Michael Edwards.

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Feyenoord coach doubts Anfield move

Feyenoord goalkeeping coach Jyri Nieminen says he is unlikely to join former colleague Slot at Anfield this summer. Liverpool saw long-serving ‘keeper trainer John Achterberg leave at the end of the season, although Claudio Taffarel is set to stay.

Nieminen says the prospect of moving to Liverpool was a possibility but it looks as though he will be staying in Rotterdam for now, albeit caveated that the situation could yet change. He told Finnish outlet Apu: “The Liverpool thing was on, and of course I was thinking about it.

“With a very high probability, I will continue with Feyenoord next season as well. The situation will change if it changes.”

The ECHO says: “It’s important that the backroom staff line-up does not take too long to assemble given the new season starts in just two months’ time. Slot has the best chance of hitting the ground running if he is settled, so finalising his inner circle is imperative.

“Having a few familiar faces around, such as Peeters and perhaps Hulshoff, will help ease the transition but it’s important Slot also targets the best in quality rather than solely former colleagues. If it takes slightly longer to secure that, then so be it.”

Solanke sale could hand Liverpool £9m

A report from The Athletic claims that should Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke be sold for his supposed £65m release clause, former club Liverpool would receive £9m thanks to the work of Michael Edwards.

He is said to have inserted the caveat while in his previous role of sporting director. Edwards returned to Liverpool this summer as Fenway Sport Group’s new CEO of Football, and will work with sporting chief Richard Hughes to support Slot.

However, whether Solanke actually does go for his buy-out clause is unclear and perhaps unlikely. The report also clarifies that the release clause can only be activated by certain undisclosed clubs.

The ECHO says: “In reality, it’s unlikely Liverpool will see that money this summer, but it’s the type of shrewd business that gave Edwards his transfer reputation at Anfield. Having him back in-house will excite fans given he oversaw the deals for Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Alisson.

“It also gives supporters ease of mind that there is some transfer consistency at the club amid the arrival of a new boss. Slot assumed the role of head coach rather than manager, which may denote a lesser role in transfer dealings albeit even if so, he is sure to still have important input.”