Contracts, transfers - every word Richard Hughes said in Arne Slot Liverpool press conference

New Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes
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Arne Slot gave his first press conference as Liverpool's new head coach on Friday - and he was joined by sporting director Richard Hughes.

The Reds appointed Hughes as their new sporting director following the departure of Jorg Schmadtke. Hughes led the search for Jurgen Klopp's successor, with Slot being identified as the ideal candidate earlier this year.

Slot will be taking charge of pre-season training this month, and will work alongside Hughes to build a successful squad for the future. Hughes was facing the media alongside Slot at the AXA Training Centre where he was asked several questions by reporters.

The ECHO has put together every word that Hughes said in his press conference alongside Slot on Friday morning.

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Summer transfers and contracts for Salah, Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk

"It's been great to work with Arne [Slot]. We both had jobs to finish. Since then, we've been in communication daily. Preparing for the transfer window.

"We'll know more as we go. The squad we've inherited is very talented but we need to improve. We will be opportunistic if we can.

"Contract situations, these are private matters between club and players. Total commitment from the players to the cause for next season. We're convinced that's the case."

Identifying Slot as Liverpool's new head coach

"The playing style that attracted us. On all the metrics, Arne's Feyenoord team came out really well. Attributes we would welcome here at Liverpool.

"It depends on the players you have. This style of playing that Arne has been successful with is the most attractive to watch in my opinion. There is a duty here to play that kind of football."

Delay in signings so far this summer

"Naturally, when there are major international tournaments, the attention is there. After the flurry in June, it will calm down a little now.

"When August starts, we've had more time to work with players, opinions will be more set. You may see a situation in August, there is a hurry to get things done."

Working with Michael Edwards and FSG

"Very much looking forward to working with Michael [Edwards]. "The best British sporting director to date. Conversations again, daily. Looking forward to it."