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Former Everton player confirms he is in talks with Liverpool to join Arne Slot coaching staff

John Heitinga during a West Ham United training session.
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Liverpool boss Arne Slot is still putting his backroom together as pre-season begins, with a couple more appointments behind the scenes coming together.

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool is considering hiring the former Everton center-back John Heitinga to join Slot's coaching staff at Anfield. The experienced former Dutch international had been working with David Moyes at West Ham United and he has revealed talks have been held with a view to bringing him to Liverpool.

He told De Telegraaf: "All I can say now is that I have been approached and that my agent Rob Jansen and I are in discussions.”

Heitinga played over 100 games for Everton and also represented Ajax and Atletico Madrid. Now 40, he has moved into coaching since hanging up his boots and would come with a wealth of experience.

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Heitinga was sent off in the 2010 World Cup final against Spain. That game, though, was far more remembered for Howard Webb somehow failing to give a red card to Nigel de Jong after his brutal challenge on Xabi Alonso.

Summing up his coaching style in an interview with The Athletic in 2020, Heitinga said: "For me, it’s simple: it’s two lots of 45 minutes and for those minutes it’s war. It’s all about winning. Whatever I need to do to win… cheat… I’ll do it."

Liverpool's players began to come back for the summer at the back end of last week with some training drills and early fitness work. Several stars are still away at the European Championship and Copa America, however.

Liverpool head coach Arne Slot.
Liverpool head coach Arne Slot. -Credit:Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Former Manchester City coach Aaron Briggs, meanwhile, who has also previously worked for Monaco and Wolfsburg, is set to join the Reds as their replacement for Vitor Matos. His role will include helping the best young talents in Kirkby move up to the first-team environment. It was a role first done by Pep Lijnders before he became Jurgen Klopp's assistant.

Liverpool is still looking for a set-piece coach after advertising for that role on LinkedIn. But the backroom team is coming together with Sipke Hulshoff and Ruben Peeters already having arrived.

Slot also recently appointed goalkeeping coach Fabian Otte, whose previous role with the USMNT ended when it was knocked out of the Copa America in the group phase. Previous goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has joined Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool.com says: This would be a fascinating move. Heitinga is aiming high with his coaching ambitions and this would be an interesting learning experience for him, while adding plenty of value for Slot as well. It certainly makes a lot of sense.