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Arne Slot feelings on Pep Guardiola are already clear amid Man City 'exit' and Liverpool arrival

Arne Slot
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It is no secret that incoming Liverpool manager Arne Slot is an admirer of Pep Guardiola as the Dutchman prepares for a rivalry with Manchester City.

The 45-year-old will have some pretty big shoes to fill as he is set to take over from Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. Klopp and Guardiola have become each other's main rivals in the Premier League as City and Liverpool fought for major honours in recent years.

Slot will now pick up the mantle in that respect, despite being a huge admirer of Guardiola. Previously speaking about the Spanish boss to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Slot said: "I certainly don't want to compare myself to Pep, but he is a control freak just like me.

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"If I look at myself, I try to win a match in the week before it is played, by conveying the training, pre-match team talks and tactics to the players as perfectly as possible."

Slot even went one further admitting that watching Guardiola's teams was his 'ultimate joy in football.' He added: "There is no team in the world I would rather watch than Manchester City, followed by Napoli, Arsenal and Brighton.

"But City - and again it is not my intention to compare us with them - have a similar style of play to how we want to play with Feyenoord: 4-3-3, building up from the back, wanting to apply pressure quickly."

Slot's arrival comes amid significant uncertainty about Guardiola's future at City. According to the latest reports, Guardiola is expected to confirm his City exit at the end of next season.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher meanwhile, has questioned whether his former club will be able to challenge imperious City under Slot. Writing in The Telegraph column, he said: "For the last nine years, Liverpool have possessed one of the top two managers in the world. They are now gambling on the next big thing rather than appointing a proven, real deal.

"I would have given more thorough consideration to a coach like Thomas Tuchel who took on and beat Pep Guardiola in the ultimate test - a Champions League final. Tuchel followed Klopp at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund and did well. It has not worked out at Bayern Munich this season, but you only have to look at Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery to recognise how top coaches recover from setbacks.

"If another English club takes Tuchel, that would convince me they will significantly improve, but my sense is Liverpool don’t want a coach with a reputation for being fractious. I would prefer a proven winner who could be difficult to manage to a coach who might be easy to manage but still have everything to prove.

"My overriding concern is this: does Slot move to England ready to take on Guardiola for the Premier League and Champions League? The new Liverpool manager must say from the outset he is here to win, not just compete."