Arne Slot confirms he will become Liverpool next manager as Feyenoord announce exit

Feyenoord boss Arne Slot
Feyenoord boss Arne Slot -Credit:2020 Soccrates Images B.V.

Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has confirmed he will succeed Jurgen Klopp as the next manager of Liverpool.

The Dutch side announced on Friday afternoon Slot was leaving when they released a video indicating their final game of the Eredivisie season at home to Excelsior on Sunday will be the 45-year-old's last in charge.

Slot held his regular pre-match press conference for the fixture earlier in the afternoon during which he was directly asked about the Liverpool job.

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And he replied: "I can confirm that I will become the trainer there next year."

Liverpool have yet to officially confirm Slot's arrival, although it is understood they last month thrashed out a compensation package with Feyenoord for the manager that could be eventually worth up to £9.4million (€11m).

During his media briefing, Slot further addressed the Liverpool situation by comparing it to the departure of his former assistant Marino Pusic, who joined Ukraine side Shakthar Donetsk as head coach in October.

“The fact that you know that it is coming, that helps to do it in a nice way, both from the club to me and from me to the people I have worked with,” said Slot. “If you leave in the middle of the season, then perhaps the personal issue will come out of nowhere.

“People may still think that the process works like this, that first the clubs are informed and then the coaches or players are informed, but the process does not work like that. As an individual you already know. Marino Pusic of course knew for a longer time that Shakhtar were interested than the moment he told me or that the club knew. The same goes for me with Liverpool.

“So yes, if you abruptly leave during the season, it is a different farewell than the end of the season, when everyone has seen it coming for weeks.”