Arne Slot already has a Liverpool advantage over Arsenal and Mikel Arteta just proved why

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta -Credit:Getty Images

It feels strange to say it, but we are now into Jürgen Klopp’s final month as Liverpool manager. Just three games remain before Anfield enters a new era.

Soon enough, Richard Hughes and a new manager — likely to be Arne Slot — will be plotting the route into the 2024/25 season, and hopefully another push for the Premier League title. That might be seen as a lofty ambition for the first year of a new tenure, but the Reds have proven this season that it should be within their reach.

Based on recent performances, it will require more reinforcements in the transfer window. Defense looks the immediate priority, but you could make an argument for any area of the squad to be bolstered — well, all but one.

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Bar an incredible turn of events, Slot already has his first-choice goalkeeper in place for next season, and there would be no way of improving upon him. Simply put, Alisson Becker is the world’s best in his position. Manchester City fans might well argue against that statement. There can’t be much debate from Arsenal supporters though.

Although David Raya already has the Golden Glove wrapped up this season, you won’t find many, if any, willing to argue for the Spaniard being a better option than Alisson. Even Mikel Arteta might not be completely convinced.

In the build-up to his side’s game against Bournemouth this weekend, the Gunners boss refused to confirm whether or not he plans to sign Raya on a permanent basis. "Those conversations are for after the season. We will review where we are," Arteta said (via the Mirror).

"Obviously, we are really happy with David and everything he has brought to the club and the team, there is no question about it. But, those decisions are taken by all of us at the club and we will see."

At this stage then, we don’t know who Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper will be next season. Not only that, but the Gunners’ number two, Aaron Ramsdale, doesn’t appear happy with his position, and has been linked with a move away by various outlets.

How Arteta must envy Slot then. The Feyenoord boss looks set to arrive at Anfield with the best in the world between the sticks, and a back-up who has proven to be a more than able deputy. There is of course some doubt over Caoimhín Kelleher’s future, given his obvious ability to be a number one elsewhere, but if Liverpool can keep hold of the Irish international, it would be near-impossible for Arsenal to compete with those two options.

Before he’s even arrived, Slot already has a major advantage over one of his title rivals. He’ll still need to do plenty of work alongside Hughes during the summer, but the foundations are in place for another title at the title.