Arne Slot told he has already made Liverpool mistake that 'lacked class' ahead of appointment

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Ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has criticized Arne Slot for discussing the financial benefits Feyenoord could gain from his potential move to Liverpool. Slot is set to take over from Jürgen Klopp at Anfield, following Klopp's announcement in January that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

The Dutchman expressed his eagerness to take on the role, with the two clubs having reached an agreement over a compensation package. It came after Slot discussed the fee Feyenoord might receive, and how beneficial this would be for Dutch football.

Those comments did not sit well with former Reds defender Warnock, who felt it showed a lack of class. Speaking to DAZN, via, Warnock said: "From what I've seen so far of him from his interviews, it feels like he's got that big personality.

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"The big thing is, is that you're following one of the biggest personalities in football, but you've got to still be your own person and I think he is. If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't so sure about his interview talking about the money that Feyenoord is receiving for him and how great it is for Dutch football.

"I just thought it lacked a little bit of class. I just thought you don't need to say that, you're still in a job at Feyenoord. You've still got games to play. Klopp's still the manager at Liverpool. I think it was just one of them where you almost bat it away and say, listen, there might be things happening behind the scenes, but that's not for me to talk about. That's for the two clubs to sort out.

"However, if you're getting a Liverpool job and you've only been a manager for, I think it's seven and a half years, I'd be very excited as well. And I think the opportunity to go into Liverpool and to fight against [Mikel] Arteta and [Pep] Guardiola towards the top of the league is a proposition that he's probably very, very excited about."

Slot has enjoyed a highly successful spell at Feyenoord since joining the club from AZ Alkmaar in 2021. He led them to the Eredivisie title last season, before winning the KNVB Cup this year. The 45-year-old has won 95 of his 147 matches in charge. says: Slot made his desire to join Liverpool very clear and few can blame him for wanting to take the next step in his career. It could be interpreted as a bit disrespectful to Feyenoord but his comments came with just a few weeks to go of the season. Slot has done an excellent job with the Dutch side and will leave with its best wishes.

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