Arne Slot coach speaks out on Liverpool links after landmark FSG appointment

New Liverpool head coach Arne Slot and Feyenoord goalkeeper coach Jyri Nieminen (far right)
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Feyenoord goalkeeper coach Jyri Nieminen has revealed he thought about joining Arne Slot at Liverpool this summer - but admitted is now likely to stay put in Rotterdam for the 2024/25 season.

The Reds' owners Fenway Sports Group recently announced the appointment of a head of global goalkeeping, Hans Leitert, whose first task was to source replacements for long-serving first-team coaches John Achterberg and Jack Robinson who left the club at the end of the season.

Nieminen, 36, has been part of Feyenoord's set-up under Slot since July 2023 and it had been reported that he could make the move to Merseyside this summer to succeed Achterberg. However, the Finn has now admitted he expects to remain in Holland for the forthcoming campaign.

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"The Liverpool thing was on, and of course I was thinking about it," Nieminen told Finish magazine Apu. "With a very high probability, I will continue with Feyenoord next season as well. The situation will change if it changes."

Nieminen enjoyed a five-year professional career in his native Finland before retiring in 2012 and starting his coaching career. Over the last 11 years, he has worked in Estonia, Qatar, America, South Africa and Holland.

Nieminen has two years left on his current deal with the 2022 Eredivisie champions.