Arne Slot offers glimpse into Liverpool management style with dressing room plan

New Liverpool head coach Arne Slot revealed how he plans to govern the AXA Training Centre when it comes to his players
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Arne Slot has admitted that he will rarely enter the players' quarters at Liverpool's training base as he revealed how he plans to give privacy to the stars he inherits at Anfield.

The former Feyenoord boss has been tasked with ushering in a new era on Merseyside following the departure of Jurgen Klopp as manager. Having conducted his first interview as the Reds' new head coach, it is clear that he is determined to be his own man as he navigates the role.

Explaining the management style he implements with his players, the 45-year-old has explained that he will not plan to enter the first team suite at the AXA Training Ground too often during his reign. The Dutchman's decision to give his stars privacy in this regard is seemingly as an effort to encourage discourse between his players about sessions, tactics and more.

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Asked how much time he spends inside the first team suite at the club's training base over the coming months and years, Slot said: "Me being in here, you wouldn't see it that much. Not at all would be a bit much. Maybe to call someone and say 'hey, can you come outside with me'. But no after the session, they should come talk about us, me, with all the freedom they have."

Aside from this, it appears that he is determined to strike up a relationship with some of the Reds' key men as quickly as possible. Recalling discussions with figures such as club captain Virgil van Dijk, he divulged in his first interview as boss: "I've reached out to a few of them – all of them after Jürgen left, because I thought that was really important to be fair to Jürgen and be fair to the players.

"Because they had to end the season and I don't think I would be really happy if my successor would have called players before I left the club. Then I think it's normal to start with the captain, which is Virgil [van Dijk], which is an easy one for me because we could speak Dutch!"

Slot continued: "And from there on I called a few others, but not many of them because most of them are in preparation, or at this moment playing, at the Euros, and some others are in preparation at the Copa America. So I think the best way is to keep a certain distance but also be interested in them as well.

"And hoping that most of them – especially the Dutch! – will still be as long as possible away so they will reach the final. Then afterwards I will get to meet them and I think that's a better way of getting to know each other than by phone or Zoom meetings."

As for implementing his own style on the pitch, the Dutchman said that he will be focusing on helping his players adapt while working on the training field during the off-season. He said: "In pre-season it's all about getting players fit and getting your game idea, your game model, into the players. We have quite a lot of training time with a few of them; and it depends how far players will go into the tournaments they are playing, how much time we have to work with these players."

Slot added: "So we'll try with the players who come in at the beginning, which is quite a lot of them already, to implement our idea of football as soon as we can. And when the rest come in a bit later, hopefully the ones who are there already can help us as a coaching staff so that they know what is being expected."